The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) – the political party of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood – elected former speaker of parliament Saad el-Katatny as its new leader. He replaces Mohammed Morsi who resigned the position this summer after being elected president of Egypt.
Katatny, who is considered to be aligned with the more conservative faction of the Muslim Brotherhood, triumphed over rival Essam el-Erian by 67 percent. Erian was viewed as more willing to compromise with liberals and leftists.
FJP general assembly members voted Oct. 6, and results were announced on Friday. Those results, according to the Egyptian news site Ahram, were met with “thunderous applause.”
In his acceptance speech, Katatny called his victory “only a first step” towards the FJP’s many goals, the main one being to establish Shariah law in Egypt. Ahram reports:
"The Muslim Brotherhood established the party to represent the Brotherhood's political project, which, in the end, will be a wise government that will institute Islamic Sharia Law," he asserted.
He went on to say that the party would extend its hands to all of Egypt's diverse political forces.
"The FJP has a vision: to raise Egypt back up to its rightful place among the nations of the world," El-Katatni said. "The FJP will work to obtain experience from other political parties in this regard."
Earlier this month, the Muslim Brotherhood’s highest ranking official called on the Muslim world to carry out “holy jihad” against Israel to capture Jerusalem. Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie said, “The jihad for the recovery of Jerusalem is a duty for all Muslims.”
(H/T: Jerusalem Post)