Brotherhood leader forbids members joining or creating other political party.
Badie's statement has been rejected by reformist factions within the party. Khaled Dawood, a member of the reformist internal opposition front within the Muslim Brotherhood said that this will render the Freedom and Justice Party as a mere "figurehead" and not independent from the Muslim Brotherhood. Dawood said the two must be separated, which Badie later rebuked.
Dawood qualified his statements as saying that they are not calling for a non-Muslim Brotherhood member to lead the party but warned that reformists will not participate in a party, "which is incapable of generating criticisms in a democratic manner to realize the demands of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptians." An official who asked not to be named said that Badie's announcement will not accommodate the demands of the January 25 Youth Coalition, which speaks for the country's democracy movement.
The young reformist Islamic Preacher Amr Khaled recently announced his desire to form a new political party called "Renaissance" and has already garnered more than 50,000 members to support the party on its facebook site. Much of his support comes from Egypt's youth. The plans to form the new party has created concern among the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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|Publication:||The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)|
|Date:||Mar 16, 2011|
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