New Delhi, June 20 Egyptian Ikhwanul Muslemoon has dismissed its top leader Dr Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh. According to the Ikhwanweb, earlier, the 59-year-old Dr Aboul Fotouh, a member of the Ikhwan's Shura Council and head of the Arab Doctors' Union, had on May 12 announced to run for President in defiance of the unanimous decision by the Ikhwan not to field a candidate for the upcoming presidential election.
Following lengthy debate at Cairo on June 18, 2011, the Ikhwan’s Shura Council decided by majority of votes to dismiss Dr Aboul Fotouh. The Ikhwan’s decision marked a break with a popular leader having a background of a charismatic Ikhwan youth leader.
The 83-year old Ikhwan had earlier decided not to field a candidate in the presidential election in order to quell concerns that Islamists sought to take power in the wake of the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February.
For Ikhwan youth supporting the protests against the Mubarak regime, Dr Aboul Fotouh, who began his career with the Ikhwan as a student activist, was a hero. During the 1970s, he made a name for himself as a student activist at Cairo University. Throughout the 1980s, he helped guide the Ikhwan beyond its roots as a charitable group and into parliamentary politics.
"He is one of the great people that the Ikhwan youth look up to and consider as a role model," said Mohammed Qassas, a youth leader in the organization. "He's a distinguished person, he represents moderate Islamism and he's got a good chance to compete."
He was instrumental in getting Ikhwan members into the leadership of Egypt's professional syndicates, which operated much like trade unions. Yet many secular-minded pro-democracy activists, who helped lead the revolution that ousted Mubarak, considered Dr Aboul Fotouh as an Islamist who should be opposed.