Saudi Newspaper Says Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Dissidents Demanding Leadership Change


Israeli media is reporting on a story carried by a Saudi newspaper that says a group of 500 activists from within the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood have demanded major internal leadership changes. According to a Times of Israel report:

July 11, 2013 The Muslim Brotherhood’s complete loss of political power and the Egyptian military’s sweeping crackdown on its activities has prompted a group of 500 activists from within the movement to demand major internal leadership change, Arab media report Thursday.

The Saudi-owned A-Sharq Al-Awsat, a paper known for its anti-Muslim Brotherhood leanings, explains that a new wing of the Muslim Brotherhood calling itself the ‘Brotherhood without violence’ has withdrawn confidence from the group’s official ‘Guidance Bureau,’ led by Mohammed Badie.

Since the military’s brutal shooting of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in front of the Republican Guard headquarters on Sunday afternoon, many Islamists have called for revenge. For the past 12 days, hundreds of Brotherhood loyalists have led an anti-government sit-in in front of the Raba El-Adwiya mosque in an eastern Cairo suburb. Reports state that due to the sweltering summer heat and the Ramadan fast, the sit-in has become the site of ghastly skin diseases and overwhelming stenches.

These rebellious Brotherhood members have begun collecting signatures to show support for ousting the movement’s leadership. Meetings between the group’s leaders and the dissenters saw sharp altercations on Wednesday evening as accusations were made that the current leadership has no idea how to manage the current political crisis.

According to the London-based pan-Arab daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the onset of Ramadan has only exasperated the stress plaguing Muslim Brotherhood supporters. While Ramadan is normally a time of great anticipation, joy, and reflection, the Egyptian people are now plagued by polarization, anxiety, and depression. Many Egyptians are quite literally praying that the country’s new leadership finds a way to reconcile with members of the ousted Morsi demonstration to prevent extreme chaos.

The Doha-based media channel Al-Jazeera notes that in the coming days more pro-Morsi marches and rallies are expected to be held across the country. Morsi’s supporters at the sit-in at the Raba El-Adwiya mosque promise not to leave their squalid squatting spot until the former president is returned to office.

Meanwhile, newly appointed President Adly Mansour and his military backers are biding their time to see how the situation unfolds. Their leadership has already managed to halt Egypt’s economic freefall with the promise of $8 billion in grants and loans from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, two nations with little empathy for Islamists. The London-based daily Al-Hayat reports that on Wednesday the Kuwaiti government pledged an additional $4 billion in aid to Egypt.

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The GMBDW notes along with the Times of Israel that A-Sharq Al-Awsa is generally hostile to the Global Muslim Brotherhood.

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