News agencies learned that the Egyptian General Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood and the International Shura Council elected the historical leader of the group, Dr. Salah Abdel-Haq.
An official source in the Brotherhood told agencies that there is acceptance and welcome among the group’s leaders and bases for this step, categorically denying what was reported about the existence of internal disputes in this regard.
The group will soon announce this decision in the media officially from the British capital, London, in which Abdel-Haq is currently residing, following his assumption of the new mission in the group.
And Salah Abdel-Haq is one of the historical leaders of the Brotherhood, and one of the students and companions of the late Islamic thinker Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966), where he was imprisoned with him in connection with the case known as the 1965 Organization, after which Qutb and some other Brotherhood leaders were executed.
Abdel-Haq joined the Brotherhood in the fifties of the last century, when he was a high school student, and he is a member of the Egyptian General Shura Council and a member of the global Shura Council, and he held many administrative positions in the group inside and outside Egypt.
In the 1990s, the Brotherhood’s Guidance Office assigned him to travel abroad and work in the global educational apparatus of the group, until he held the position of head of the global educational apparatus of the Brotherhood for more than 15 years.
Abdel-Haq – whose origins go back to an aristocratic family and is originally a human doctor – lived most of his life traveling outside Egypt, until he now settled in London.
Some describe Abd al-Haq as being distinguished by “calmness, thought and movement, and that he has thought and vision that will reflect on the group.”
On January 31, Brotherhood sources revealed, in exclusive statements, that the General Shura Council had elected a new supreme administrative body to manage the group’s affairs for a new electoral cycle.
The sources said that among the most prominent figures who were elected in the new session were Engineer Muhammad al-Buhairi, Dr. Mohiuddin al-Zait, the official of the political department in the group, Dr. Helmy al-Jazzar, and the media spokesperson Suhaib Abdel Maksoud, among others.
At that time, the sources confirmed that “the appointment of the Acting General Guide will be announced soon, after the completion of the administrative procedures related to this matter, which are expected to be completed in the near future.”
And sources in the Brotherhood had revealed, on November 4, that the deputy head of the supreme administrative body for managing the affairs of the group, Muhyiddin al-Zait, had become the caretaker of the general guide’s work on a temporary basis, following the death of the deputy guide and chargé d’affaires, Ibrahim Mounir.
On November 4, 2022, the Brotherhood announced the death of Mounir at the age of 85, stressing that he was one of the most prominent men of the call, and one of the flags of the group.
A major crisis had erupted within the Brotherhood after the arrest of the Acting Guide, Mahmoud Ezzat, on August 28, 2020.
Ezzat has been leading the group for nearly seven years since the military coup in the summer of 2013, while his successor, Ibrahim Mounir, assumed leadership of the group, who at that time became acting as the general guide.