facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Egyptian Islamist party splits

Jan. 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM   |   Comments

CAIRO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A radical group in Egypt's conservative Islamist party has broken away and could strengthen support for Sharia law ahead of legislative elections, experts said.

The group, which will be called al-Watan, or Homeland, split from the Islamist Nour Party, an ally of President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, though more religiously conservative, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Emad Abdel Ghafour, the former head of the Nour Party, announced Tuesday he was heading the split joined by hundreds of defectors.

Ghafour said al-Watan will be an ally to a party led by former presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, who has a following of ultraconservative Islamist activists and champions the institution of Sharia, or strict Islamic law, the Journal reported.

Shadi Hamid, an Egypt expert at Brookings Doha Center, said Ismail "offers a more revolutionary form of Salafism."

"It's a fundamental difference in how to practice politics," he added.

The party split could strengthen more radical parties ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections, a date for which has not been determined, the Journal reported.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine
2
Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach
3
Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way
4
Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no' Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no'
5
Census: number of Americans living in poverty down, still above 45 million Census: number of Americans living in poverty down, still above 45 million
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback