Egypt's largest Islamist ultraconservative party to split

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 05:00 hrs

The head of Egypt's largest Islamist ultraconservative party has announced he will form a new political group, splitting from the Salafi Al-Nour party, the country's second strongest political group.

Emad Abdel-Ghaffour, who headed al-Nour, said Tuesday he is forming a new Al-Watan (Homeland) party and 'opening a new page.'

According to ABC News, Abdel-Ghaffour, also a presidential adviser, has been an advocate of separating the party from the Salafi clerical body which backed the party's creation.

He has the backing of key Salafi clerics and politicians, the report said.

According to the report, Al-Nour has been locked in an internal power struggle since October because its leaders disagreed over the role of a body of clerics in the party's politics. (ANI)

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