Saad al-Katatny was elected chairman of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Egyptian media reported Friday.
Katatny beat out FJP’s acting leader Essam al-Erian in a vote that took place Oct. 6.
The FJP is Egypt’s largest political party, currently occupying 47% of all seats in the country’s lower house of parliament.
Katatny hailed his election as “a first step” towards achieving the goals of the FJP, according to Egypt’s Al Ahram newspaper.
In this respect, Katatny was quoted as saying that “The Muslim Brotherhood established the [FJP] to represent the Brotherhood’s political project, which, in the end, will be a wise government that will institute Islamic Sharia law.”
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi earlier this year ran for office on the FJP ticket; he resigned from the party immediately after being elected.
Last week Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie called on Muslims worldwide to liberate Jerusalem by means of jihad.