Mohamed al-Katatni is set to become the leader of the Egyptian parliament. (Demotix)
The Muslim Brotherhood is proposing its Secretary-General Mohamed al-Katatni for speaker of the Egyptian Parliament. The parliament will be tasked with writing a new constitution.
Leading Egyptian political parties will back a senior figure in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) for the assembly’s speaker, with another Islamist group and a liberal party taking the deputy posts, an FJP official said on Monday.
The prime task of the new parliament, the first elected since an uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power last year, will be to pick a 100-strong assembly to write a new constitution.
Liberals fear that sweeping gains by Islamists in elections will put faith-based parties in the driving seat and lead to more religious strictures.
Islamists insist they want an inclusive government and a constitution that represents all Egyptians.
“No political stream or popular group will be eliminated from this political process,” said Emad Abdel Ghaffour, head of the Islamist al-Nour party. “The proportional weight of these parties and their competencies will be taken into consideration.”
The FJP, which secured the biggest bloc in the parliamentary election, is proposing its Secretary-General Mohamed al-Katatni for speaker, its head Mohamed Morsi said after meeting other key parties.