The Muslim Brotherhood, who were the big winners of the recent legislative elections, will endorse Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat al-Shater as its presidential candidate, Cairo's media reported Saturday.
Al-Shater was elected by a majority vote among the party's members. Fifty-six members of the Party's 108-representative council voted in favor of Shater, while the other 52 members opposed the nomination, Al Jazeera news reported.
Sources earlier told Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper that the group's Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat al-Shater had agreed to run for president, but other sources from the group said that some leading members prefered not to have a Brotherhood candidate at all.
Previously, the Muslim Brotherhood said it has no plans to put forward a candidate to stand in presidential elections set for September.
Al-Shater, born on May 4, 1950, in the Nile Delta province of Daqahliya, is an Egyptian engineer. He joined the party in 1974. Shater’s business empire is said to be the main source of funding for the Islamist group.
In 1995 he was appointed as deputy chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood. He was imprisoned under the Mubarak regime from 2007 and was released by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces in March 2011.
On Friday, the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party began drawing up a no-confidence motion against the military-appointed government to resign.
“The government has failed by all means to manage the country as it also failed to manage any crisis, as we also see that the government’s statements addressed to the parliament were so weak and flat,” said Ahmed Sobeih, a media counselor with the Freedom and Justice Party.
Meanwhile,seven Copts have died in a stampede when hundreds of pilgrims came to the tomb of the late head of the Egyptian Coptic Church, Pope Shenouda III. Several people were injured, alarabiya TV reported.
More as it becomes available.