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Brotherhood says Mursi no longer a member but embraces him as president of Egypt

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood have announced that newly elected President of Egypt Mohammed Mursi is no longer affiliated with the movement.

Ahmed Ghanim, managing editor of the official Freedom and Justice Party newspaper, told AlArabiya.net, “Dr. Mohammed Badi, the Supreme Guide (Murshid) of the Muslim Brotherhood, have dismissed Dr. Mursi’s membership, meanwhile the party has embraced him as the new Egyptian president.”

“Being a part of the Muslim Brotherhood is based on the oath of allegiance to the party. As Dr. Mursi has become the President of Egypt, this requires his relief from such an oath,” Ghanim explained.

Meanwhile, large crowds remained in Tahrir Square, with more flooding in from other provinces, in celebration of Mursi’s victory. Fireworks and large flags became the pulse of the square, chanting slogans against the military rule.

Mursi, became the fifth president of Egypt after narrowly beating off competition from rival, Ahmed Shafiq, in the hotly-contested presidential elections' runoffs.

The Brotherhood believes in establishing an Islamic state gradually and through peaceful means, but Mursi’s focus throughout the election has been mostly on issues affecting the majority of Egyptians since the revolt, such as the deteriorating economy.