17 Jan 2012

Muslim Brotherhood figure proposed for speaker

6:08 pm on 17 January 2012

The political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is proposing a senior figure in the party for the post of speaker of parliament.

Freedom and Justice Party Secretary-General Mohamed al-Katatni is supported by other leading parties.

The FJP has secured the biggest bloc in the elections so far, with the al-Nour Party next, Reuters reports.

Two deputy speaker posts would go to al-Nour and the Wafd party, one of the next biggest groups.

FJP leader Mohamed Morsi announced the deal after a meeting of the parties in Cairo on Monday.

The elections began in November and full results are yet to be announced.

Parliament gathers for its first session on January 23.