Brotherhood mulls renewing supreme guide’s term

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Shura Council is meeting on 22 June to schedule the elections of Guidance Bureau members and its supreme guide, as the five-year term of both approaches its close.

A source within the Brotherhood told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Thursday that the group is considering a second term for the supreme guide, Mohamed Badie, as it  faces internal discord and confusion that could lead to defections if the leadership changes again.

Supreme Guide Badie has proven his ability to lead the Brotherhood in an important stage of its history, the Islamist group said in a statement Thursday, claiming he had ensured cohesion and fended off a host of challenges despite a number of defections to other organisations.

“Election of the new guide will be by secret ballot,” explained council member Karem Ramadan. “The supreme guide may serve for 2 five-year terms.”

Brotherhood spokesperson Ahmed Aref said the elections will be held according to the group's internal bylaws.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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