44. Brotherhood says it can seize 75% of parliamentary seats

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On Wednesday April 13, the Muslim Brotherhood Murshid (Guide) Muhammad Badī’ announced that the MB would be capable of winning 75 percent of seats in Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

He stressed that the MB would nevertheless contain itself, competing for no more than a third of parliamentary seats.

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In addition, Badī’ emphasized the independence of the Freedom and Justice party from the Muslim Brotherhood and the possibility of choosing Copts and women as the party’s chairman.

The group announced once more that none of its members are going to compete in the upcoming presidential elections.

In a conference organized by the MB on April 11, 2011, Eng. Khayrat al-Shātir, MB Deputy Murshid, said that MB will not support Dr. 'Abd al-Mun'im Abū al-Futūh, member of the MB's Shūrá Council, if he ran for presidency in the upcoming elections.

[Reviewer's Note: News story was also covered in al-Jumhūrīyah, page 1, April 14, 2011; al-Yawm al-Sābi', April 11, 2011al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, April 13, 2011; and Al-Dustūr, page 4, April 14, 2011].

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