Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood shows signs of fracturing after Morsi’s fall

By Charlene Gubash, Producer, NBC News

CAIRO – Just last month, the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood had a lock on Egypt’s presidency and parliament.
Now, after mass protests backed by the country’s military swept President Mohammed Morsi from power, the organization venerated throughout the Muslim world for its discipline, ministry to the needy and rejection of violence is showing signs of fracturing.

A group of about 1,400 within the Brotherhood have launched a petition of no-confidence in Mohamed Badie, the Supreme Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, known as “Morshid.”

In Roman Catholic terms, that would be akin to the faithful voting to impeach Pope Francis.

“After (Morsi’s government) came to power, they changed and forgot about Islam and tolerance and the call to Islam, and entered into a stage of how to protect themselves, find a safe exit and regain power,” Yehia said on a popular liberal Egyptian satellite channel on Friday.

The breaking point for Yehia came on July 8, the day about 50 Brotherhood protesters and four soldiers were killed in a gun battle outside the Republican Guard Club, where many believe Morsi is being held.


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