Egypt approves new party of Muslim Brotherhood

08:58, June 07, 2011      

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The Egyptian Committee of Party Affairs approved Monday the formation of the Freedom and Justice Party, a political party founded by the Muslim Brotherhood movement for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Mohamed Saad al-Katatny, the party's secretary general, submitted on May 17 the legal documents requested for the party's recognition by the committee, including details about the founders, the party's program and its political statute.

The number of founding members of the party reached nearly 9, 000, said al-Katatny, adding that Coptic intellectual Rafik Habib was chosen as the deputy head of the party.

The Muslim Brotherhood, one of Egypt's most powerful political forces, announced on April 30 to form its own party to contest up to half of the parliamentary seats in the elections scheduled in September.

The Muslim Brotherhood plans to gain public support for the new party in the upcoming parliamentary elections, which its members consider as the first real test for the party.

The group has already announced that it would not nominate a presidential candidate in the presidential election later this year.

The Freedom and Justice Party is the second party that has been approved after the anti-government protests in Egypt.

Source: Xinhua
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