Egypt's Brotherhood to choose representatives abroad

Requesting anonymity, the Brotherhood leader said the committee's members will be elected within a week

Egypt's Brotherhood to choose representatives abroad
World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood will set up a committee to oversee the affairs of its members based overseas, according to sources within the embattled Islamist group.

"A seven-member crisis-management body will be set up to represent the four main countries to which Brotherhood members have fled following the military coup," a leading group member told the Anadolu Agency, referring to the Egyptian army's ouster of elected president and Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi in mid-2013.

The Brotherhood leader, requesting anonymity, said committee members would be elected within one week.

Another Brotherhood leader who fled to next-door Sudan said that Brotherhood members had already elected a representative in that country.

The group leader, who also asked to remain anonymous, said that representatives' names would not be disclosed publicly amid an ongoing crackdown by Egyptian authorities that he described as the worst in the group's 86-year history.

Since Morsi's ouster last year, Egypt's military-backed government has waged a relentless crackdown on political dissent – largely targeting Morsi supporters – which has seen hundreds killed and thousands detained.

Most Brotherhood leaders are either imprisoned or wanted by Egyptian authorities. Many others fled the country in the wake of Morsi's ouster.

Last year, the Egyptian authorities designated the Brotherhood a "terrorist" organization, blaming it for a spate of deadly attacks on security officials.

The Brotherhood, for its part, denies the allegations, saying it is committed to purely peaceful activism.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ocak 2015, 15:54