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Muslim Brotherhood appoints new leader

Muslim Brotherhood appoints new leaderCairo, Aug 20 : Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Tuesday appointed Mahmoud Ezzat as its temporary new leader, after its general guide Mohamed Badie was arrested.

A statement on the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party website named Ezzat, deputy of the former general guide, as the new chief as per the group's internal regulations, Xinhua reported citing the official Egyptian news agency MENA.

"In the absence of the general guide either for travelling abroad, or for being sick or in emergency cases, his deputy is entitled with his responsibilities," the statement said.

Mohamed Badie was arrested by the police in Cairo Tuesday morning, and transferred to Torah prison, where former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are detained.(IANS)