Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has named Mahmoud Ezzat as its temporary leader to replace Mohammad Badie who was detained on Tuesday and faces charges of complicity in deaths during a protest last year against deposed President Mohammad Mursi.
Prior to his appointment, Ezzat served as the secretary general of the Islamist movement and was a member of its guidance council.
He was the second deputy of the general guide.
The first deputy, Khairat el-Shater, was arrested shortly after Mursi was removed from power.
Israeli military intelligence website DEBKAfile described Ezzat last month as the Brotherhood’s “Mr. X.”
Debkafile reported that Badie was “no more than an obedient front for the Muslim Brotherhood’s real leader, who was until now Mr. X.”
Ezzat is “firmly at the helm and running the show both in Sinai and Cairo from the Gaza Beach Hotel, under the auspices of the Palestinian Hamas rulers,” the website added.
Ezzat is also referred to as the "blue deputy," "Fox Brotherhood" or "the real guide." Recently Egypt's Dostorasly website described him as the mastermind of alleged Brotherhood violence against security forces.