Egyptian Brotherhood looking to back presidential candidate

News article, posted 12.22.2011, from Egypt, in:
Brotherhood looking to back presidential candidate (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

The Muslim Brotherhood announced Thursday it is looking for a candidate to support in the presidential election scheduled for June.

The Brotherhood is looking to back a convincing figure outside of those hopefuls whose names have already been floated, the group’s spokesperson Mahmoud Ghozlan said in a statement to London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

Several months ago the Brotherhood banned members from running in the race and announced it did not intend to nominate a candidate. The group banned Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh after he announced his intention to run in violation of the decision.

Other likely candidates include Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Amr Moussa, former foreign minister and Arab League chief, Hamdeen Sabbahi, founder of Karama Party, Salafi sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail, and Islamic thinker Mohamed Selim al-Awa.


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