Further dissent in Muslim Brotherhood

Submitted by martin on 28 February, 2011 - 4:30

According to the Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm, rebellious young members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's 82-year-old political-Islamist movement, are demanding the "dissolution" of the movement's two governing committees.

A group of roughly 2000 young members of the Muslim Brotherhood say they are planning to stage a “revolt” against the group’s authoritative Guidance Bureau and Shura Council on 17 March to demand the dissolution of the two governing bodies.

Young members say there is no reason why the group should work in secrecy considering the “wave of freedom” witnessed by Egypt following the 25 January uprising, which led to the ouster of Egypt's longstanding president Hosni Mubarak on 11 February.

Young members say the group’s role should be restricted to preaching the teachings of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.

They also demand the formation of a transitional committee mandated with directing the group's affairs until a new board can be elected. They have suggested that the proposed committee be headed by Mohamed Mahdi Akef, the group’s previous general guide.

Young members of the group are threatening to hold an open-ended sit-in if their demands are not met. They said they expected organizational "change" to take place within the Muslim Brotherhood by April, when they would begin taking steps aimed at "modernizing" the group and its activities.

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Submitted by martin on Tue, 01/03/2011 - 10:15

Al Masry Al Youm reports that the MB Guidance Bureau has retorted that the movement by the MB youth is "strange and contradicts the group’s ethics...

"'We are not a group of old people as some may think', said bureau member Abdel Rahman al-Barr. 'Talk of a revolution is bizarre'.

"Bureau member Saad al-Husseiny, for his part, denied meeting with representatives of the group young members. “Let’s see what happens on 17 March,” he said.

"Meanwhile, other young members of the group launched a counter campaign on Facebook, accusing those calling for a revolution of attempting to incite discord within the group".

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