Islamic political party
Established: April 30, 2011
The Freedom and Justice Party is an Islamic political party led by Dr. Saad Ketatni, former head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc. The party’s foundation was announced on the February 21, 2011.
Although it initially stated it would not contend the 2012 presidential elections, the FJP-nominated candidate – Mohamed Morsi – won a runoff election by a narrow margin against Ahmed Shafiq, with 57 percent of the votes. Morsi was sworn in on June 30, 2012, and removed by the military on July 3, 2013.
Following Morsi’s fall, the Muslim Brotherhood was disbanded and its assets seized by the state. It is expected that the FJP may be similarly disbanded.
Although affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party is supposedly independent of the Brotherhood. During its formation, it stated that it would represent the political side of the group, where the Brotherhood would practice its social and preaching activities.
The party intends to use Islamic ‘Sharia’ Law as the main source of legislation. Its objectives focus on political, social and constitutional reform as well as strengthening the ethics and values of Islam. It will focus on tourism as a main source of national income, and it will support free-market capitalism.
The FJP claims membership is open to all Egyptians, regardless of gender or religion.