Former Brotherhood leader to establish alternative group

A former Muslim Brotherhood leader is seeking to establish an alternative organization since the Brotherhood “diverted from the path drawn up by the group’s founder, Hassan al-Banna.”

Tharwat al-Kharabawy said the group is now dominated by followers of Sayed Qutb, an influential Brotherhood member in the 1950s and '60s.

In a telephone interview on Mehwar satellite channel on Monday, Kharabawy said Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the chairman of the International Union for Muslim Scholars and a prominent television preacher, supports the fledgling group.

Kharabawy added that the group would include several members who have resigned from the Brotherhood, including Kamal al-Helbawy and Mokhtar Noah.

Planning to establish the new association began three years ago, with the idea first being brought up by former Brotherhood leader Sayed Abdel Sattar al-Meligy.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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