World Bulletin / News Desk
Saad El-Katatni, former secretary-general of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), has won the presidency of the party.
Saad El-Katatni was the former spokesman of the dissolved People's Assembly made after Egypt's January 25 Revolution.
Hussein Ibrahim, head of the party's electoral commission, announced El-Katatni as the winner with 581 out of 864 votes.
El-Katatni, 60, is a microbiologist by profession who worked as a professor at Minya University's science faculty from 1994 to 1998. He joined the Brotherhood in 1981 and was elected to the group's prestigious Guidance Bureau in 2008.
He first gained public notice when he was elected parliamentary speaker in Egypt's first post-revolution parliament late last year. He has always leaned towards the Brotherhood's more conservative current.
Today Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) held internal elections to select a new party president. Two of the party's leading figures – acting Chairman Essam El-Erian and Secretary-General Saad El-Katatni – were both vying for the position.
El-Katatni's campaign slogan is "a strong party to build Egypt," while El-Erian's slogan is "a free nation, a strong party and good governance."
The FJP is the political arm of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the largest political group in the post-Mubarak era. The party was established in May 2011, shortly after the Tahrir Square uprising that led to Mubarak's ouster.
The FJP's first president was Mohamed Morsi, who resigned from the post after being elected president of Egypt in June.
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