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Brotherhood leader forbids members joining or creating other political party.

Disagreements within Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have arisen over a press statement by the group's leader Mohammed Badie on Tuesday. It said the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party is the sole party representative of the organization and it is forbidden for any member for form or join any other party, the pan-Arab daily ASHARQ AL AWSAT reported on Wednesday. Supporters of Badie's statement said that while any Egyptian is welcome to join the Freedom and Justice Party, Muslim Brotherhood members wishing to join or establish another party will be regarded as having "dual-loyalties."

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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Title Annotation:EGYPT-BROTHERHOOD
Publication:The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Mar 16, 2011
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