The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has announced the appointment of deputy leader Mahmoud Ezzat as the temporary Supreme Guide. The announcement follows the arrest of former Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie who was arrested by the interim Egyptian government on Tuesday.
Mass demonstrations this summer led by General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi resulted in the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Last week bloody riots between the two factions resulted in numerous deaths.
The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 and counted among its supporters such historic figures as Hajj Amin al-Husseini and Izz al-Din al-Qassam. Hamas was created out of Muslim Brotherhood groups operating in Gaza in 1987.
The interim Egyptian government is currently being led by Al-Sisi and Adly Mansour, the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt.