Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has announced the creation of a new party to contest parliamentary elections due in September – the first since Hosni Mubarak was toppled from power.
The new Freedom and Justice Party is expected to emerge as the biggest single political block.
The Brotherhood’s Secretary-General said the movement would stand in 45-50 per cent of the seats but he confirmed no-one would run in November’s presidential poll.
However, Mohamed Mursi, the newly appointed head of the Freedom and Justice Party said it was too soon to rule out contesting the presidency.
The new party is technically secular, in accordance with Egypt’s constitution which bans political parties from being religious.
It is predicted to end up with around 30 per cent of the seats in parliament.