Muslim Brotherhood Tries To Rebrand As NGO In Libya

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Muslim Brotherhood Tries To Rebrand As NGO In Libya

The Muslim Brotherhood organization in Libya said in a written statement that it had changed its name to the “Revival and Renewal Society”.

It is also now officially a Non-governmental organization (NGO).

The decision was taken by the group at its 11th convention and the group said it will spread its its message by working in various public areas in Libya

In a report, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, it quoted Abdurrezzak Sergen who was a former member of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and a member of its political wing, the Justice and Construction Party, who said “that the group had decided that its work should only be within Libya, so it had turned into a non-governmental organization.”

The statement claimed that the reason behind this change was due to the intensification of the group’s efforts to prepare for the upcoming elections and taking into account the changes in reality that require wisdom and the logic of reason. It stressed that the group dealt with each stage and phase with what was required given the demands of diligence and renewal.

Essentially, this is another rebranding scam, not too dissimilar from attempts to rebrand Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in Syria’s Idlib as no longer allied to al-Qaeda, and as such no longer terrorist.

As Libyans overwhelmingly demand direct Presidential and Parliamentary elections this December, in order to end the scourge of appointed governments with an executive authority that is based on the legitimacy of the Libyan people, this comes as terrible news for Islamist parties such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

The recent efforts by the Muslim Brotherhood to undermine direct Presidential elections is a sign of their anxiety on their future in Libya.

Leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood feel threatened by direct Presidential elections and many are concerned that it could herald the demise of their party.

It would also mean a reduction in Turkish influence, which Ankara, obviously, wishes to avoid.

This is unlikely to improve their situation too much, since the interim Libyan government, as well as Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his forces demand for all foreign forces and mercenaries to leave the country, including the Turkish forces and their Syrian mercenaries.

As such, without the protection and with an elected, and not imposed government, the Muslim Brotherhood appears to be at a grave disadvantage.

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