The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s dominant power in parliament, has identified three potential candidates for the country’s upcoming presidential race and will consult senior members on which one to nominate, the state-run Al-Ahram reported.
The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party plans to submit to the group’s Shura Council the names of its leader, Mohamed Mursi, Parliament Speaker Saad el-Katatni and Khairat el-Shater, a senior Brotherhood official, the Cairo-based daily said today, citing Mohamed Emad el-Din, a lawmaker representing the party. The consultative council is due to meet later today to discuss the issue.
Emad el-Din said that an announcement was expected on March 29 and that if none of the three potential contenders met with members’ approval, they would consider outside candidates. The party holds 47 percent of the seats in parliament’s lower house.
The Brotherhood earlier said it was not planning on running in the May presidential elections. The group has clashed in recent weeks with the military rulers who took over after former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year. It has criticized the generals for rejecting its calls to fire the current Cabinet on grounds that they had failed to address the country’s growing economic problems.
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