Syria: Muslim Brotherhood 1st plenary meeting in 30 years PDF Print E-mail

(ANSAMed) - ANKARA, JULY 16 - The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood meets in Istanbul for a two-day plenary meeting starting today, the Sunnite Islamic organization said in a note.

The most influential component of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC), the Brotherhood, which has been outlawed in Syria since 1963, meets in a plenary council for the first time in 30 years, Brotherhood spokesman Omar Mushaweb said today.

The 150 delegates will discuss the ongoing uprising against Shiite President Bashar al Assad, and the inclusion of more women and youth in their movement, Mushaweb said.

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood is supported by Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is also a Sunnite Muslim, analysts said. Muslim Brotherhood dominance within the SNC has led to tensions with the Kurdish anti-Assad leadership. Kurdish leader Sherkoh Abbas has accused the SNC of ''railroading the revolution'' and harboring ''a hidden agenda to instal an Islamic, Sunnite, Arab and nationalist regime, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, and that will exclude Kurds and other minorities.'' (ANSAMed).


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