DHAKA: Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood, a key opponent of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, announced plans to launch an Islamist political party, saying it was ready for the post-al-Assad era.
‘The decision has been taken to create an Islamic party,’ the head of the Brotherhood’s political wing, Ali Beyanouni, told journalists after the group completed a four-day conference in Istanbul.
The new party would be ‘open to all Syrians’ and will promote a ‘democratic and pluralist’ vision of the state based on the equality of all citizens, Beyanouni said, reports daily Hurriyet.
‘We are ready for the post-Assad era, we have plans for the economy, the courts, politics,’ said Mulhem al-Droubi, the Brotherhood’s spokesman.
The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamist political movement founded in Egypt in 1928 and has branches and affiliates around the world.
The Brotherhood plays a key role in the Syrian National Council, the opposition coalition opposing al-Assad.
BDST: 1756 HRS, JUL 21, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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