Brotherhood leader leaves group to join Islamist party

Prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader and reformist Mohamed Habib announced his resignation from the group Tuesday to join a fledgling Islamist party.

Ibrahim al-Zafarany, deputy founder of the Nahda Party and himself a former Brotherhood member, welcomed Habib's membership.

Habib, a former Brotherhood deputy supreme guide, had disagreed with other group leaders after Supreme Guidance Bureau elections in 2009, which he described as "invalid" at the time.

Habib said he initially tried to resign from the Brotherhood in 2009, but the group says it never received his official resignation.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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