Gamaa Islamiyya criticizes Zumar article
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CAIRO: Gamaa Islamiyya criticized Tuesday an article written by Abbud al-Zumar published on Monday calling for national reconciliation.

Zumar wrote an article on Monday published on the pro-Muslim Brotherhood website “Almesryoon”, in which he said former president Mohamed Morsi wasn’t capable of properly performing the tasks his position required of him.

Zumar is one of Egypt’s most prominent Islamists and was sentenced to life in prison under former President Hosni Mubarak for being implicated in the assassination of former President Anwar Sadat. He previously led Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which under his successor Ayman al-Zawahiri later merged with Al-Qaeda. Zumar was released from prison after the 2011 January 25 Revolution.

Gamaa Islamiyya leader Safwat Abdel Ghany said Tuesday that Zumar’s article expresses his “own personal point of view” and is definitely not the official opinion of Gamaa Islamiyya.

He said on his Facebook page: “The stance of Gamaa Islamiyya and the Building and Development party on legitimacy is stable and firm since the coup.”

“The final official decisions for Gamaa Islamiyya or the party are expressed in official statements and not in personal articles,” the statement read.

In the article, Zumar said, “The general administrative rules state that if the emir or president is held captive, a new ruler should be chosen to prevent the state from falling into chaos.”

He also called for political solutions for reconciliation, adding that the era of the Islamist’s legitimacy has ended.

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