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Al-Zomor as head: Last nail in coffin of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiyya

Sunday 16-07-2017 - 10:42 PM
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Cairo – Awad Al-Hattab, a dissident leader from Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya (the Islamic group), said the group made a mistake in electing Tarek Al-Zomor as head of its political wing: the Building and Development Party.

Al-Hattab told “Al-Bawaba News Portal” on Friday that he agrees with Dr. Nageh Ibrahim, one of the founders of the Islamic group and key members in the 1990s, who previously stated that Al-Gama'a made an egregious mistake when electing Al-Zomor.

“The nomination of Al-Zomor means that the group has prioritized violence and terrorism-- represented by the resigned head of the Building and Development Party-- over everything else such as political or religious activisim,” Al-Hattab reiterated.

Al-Zomor tendered his resignation from the party’s leadership on June 26. The Arab quartet; Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, placed Al-Zomor along with 58 other Islamists associated with Qatar last month. The Arab quartet severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5 over Doha’s support for terrorism.

Al-Hattab added that Ibrahim should have advised the Group not to elect Al-Zomor and renounce ideologies that have been severely detrimental to the homeland. 
Tarek Al-Zomor
Tarek Al-Zomor
Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya is an Egyptian Sunni Islamist movement and is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Al-Zomor, 58, was re-elected head of the Building and Development Party in April for a four-year mandate, although he has been living in Qatar since the army’s 2013 overthrow of former Islamist President Mohammad Morsi, following enormous street protests against the latter’s divisive rule.

Al-Zomor, a staunch supporter of Morsi’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group, is charged in Egypt in several cases related to terrorism and incitement to violence.

Tarek and his cousin Aboud Al-Zomor were convicted of planning the assassination of Egyptian late president Anwar Sadat in 1981, but Tarek was released in 2011 and fled to Qatar about two years later.
Recently, there have been growing calls in Egypt to dissolve the Building and Development Party.

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