The Muslim Brotherhood is in the process of selecting potential substitutes for its Supreme Guide, Mohamed Badie, who recently received a death sentence over charges of plotting violence in 2013, sources within the officially-banned group have revealed.
Last week, the Cairo Criminal Court delivered a death sentence- pending Egypt’s Grand Mufti’s approval- against Badie and 13 others over charges of forming a task force that masterminded violence and riots during the group’s sit-in in Rabaa al-Adaweya Square, following the ouster of former president and group leader Mohamed Morsi.
According to the sources, a number of people have been shortlisted as Badie's successor, including Helmy al-Gazzar, a member of the Brotherhood’s advisory board, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, a former director of the group's Giza office, and Sayed Raafat, a former MP. They added that group leaders in Egypt and abroad had already discussed the movement’s future following Badie's sentence.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm