Brotherhood leader keeps job

[01-05-2012 12:00 AM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - The overall leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hammam Saeed, kept his post following internal elections Monday, where he was challenged by dovish former leader Salem Falahat, a source inside the group told The Jordan Times.

According to the source, Saeed’s win came as no surprise as the group’s shura (consultation) council, which elects the overall leader, selected earlier in the day five new members that tilted the balance in favour of the hawks, who support Saeed.

Four out of the five winners in the council’s polls declared their support for Saeed against his rival.

Saeed won 27 votes, while 25 voted for his rival, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The 47-strong shura council voted for current Islamic Action Front Secretary General Hamzah Mansour, a moderate, and four of the group’s hawks: Saoud Abu Mahfouz, Ahmad Zurkan, Mohammad Aqel and Murad Adayleh.

Both the overall leader and the council, now of 53 members, will remain in their posts for four years.

The council has the final say over vital issues related to the largest opposition group, including its participation in municipal and parliamentary polls.

* Jordan Times

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