CAIRO: Al-Azhar University President Osama el-Abd seeks is expected to receive a fatwa that would allow him to remain in office until the end of the semester, as he will reach the pension age Tuesday, Youm7 reported Monday.
Abd was approved by the faculties’ deans to continue as the president of Al-Azhar University after members of the board of directors’ last meeting. A legal source told Youm7 that the approval is illegal.
Youm7 reported that Abd resorted to the General Assembly for Fatwa and Legislation of the State Council to receive a fatwa allow him to continue until the end of the semester.
There is a strong trend inside Al-Azhar sheikhdom to support Ibrahim el-Hodhod to succeed Abd, added sources.
According to Youm7, Al-Azhar University currently has three possible scenarios, whether the Grand Imam releases a decision to extend the period of the president of the university, or nominate another person to succeed him, or a fatwa is released to approve for him to remain in office until the end of the education year.
Originally published in Youm7.