Talaat Fahmi

Talaat Fahmi is a media spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood. In this capacity, Fahmi has released numerous statements on behalf of the Brotherhood, including referring to the Egyptian government in June 2016 as the “Zionists’ henchmen.”“Muslim Brotherhood Media Spokesman: No Reconciliation with Criminal Coup Regime,” Ikhwanweb: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Official English web site, June 21, 2016, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=32571;
“Muslim Brotherhood Media Spokesman: No Reconciliation with Criminal Coup Regime,” Ikhwanweb: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Official English web site, June 21, 2016, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=32571.
Fahmi is reportedly based in Turkey and is supported by the older generation of Brotherhood leaders.Mamoon Alabassi, “Rift widens in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood after spokesman’s sacking,” Middle East Eye, December 17, 2015, http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypts-muslim-brotherhood-split-after-row-over-spokesperson-sacking-966712164.

In December 2015, Brotherhood members in London announced Fahmi’s appointment as spokesman, dismissing acting spokesman Mohamed Montasser.Mamoon Alabassi, “Rift widens in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood after spokesman’s sacking,” Middle East Eye, December 17, 2015, http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypts-muslim-brotherhood-split-after-row-over-spokesperson-sacking-966712164. Exiled members of the Brotherhood reportedly supported Fahmi’s promotion while the Brotherhood’s Egypt-based youth wing preferred Montasser.Mamoon Alabassi, “Rift widens in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood after spokesman’s sacking,” Middle East Eye, December 17, 2015, http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypts-muslim-brotherhood-split-after-row-over-spokesperson-sacking-966712164.l; “Egypt… “The Muslim Brotherhood” Splits into Two Groups,” Al Arabiya, December 20, 1016, http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2016/12/20/مصر-الإخوان-المسلمين-تتفكك-إلى-جماعتين-.html. Following Fahmi’s appointment, Montasser and his followers formed a Brotherhood offshoot outside the control of the Brotherhood’s old leadership.Mamoon Alabassi, “Rift widens in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood after spokesman’s sacking,” Middle East Eye, December 17, 2015, http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypts-muslim-brotherhood-split-after-row-over-spokesperson-sacking-966712164.l; “Egypt… “The Muslim Brotherhood” Splits into Two Groups,” Al Arabiya, December 20, 1016, http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2016/12/20/مصر-الإخوان-المسلمين-تتفكك-إلى-جماعتين-.html. In December 2016, Montasser made statements concerning the Brotherhood’s internal affairs and claimed to speak on behalf of the Brotherhood’s youth wing.Mamoon Alabassi, “Rift widens in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood after spokesman’s sacking,” Middle East Eye, December 17, 2015, http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypts-muslim-brotherhood-split-after-row-over-spokesperson-sacking-966712164.l; “Egypt… “The Muslim Brotherhood” Splits into Two Groups,” Al-Arabiya, December 20, 1016, http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2016/12/20/مصر-الإخوان-المسلمين-تتفكك-إلى-جماعتين-.html. In response, Fahmi claimed that Montasser was dismissed on December 14, 2015, and that the former spokesman does not speak for Brotherhood members in Egypt or abroad.Mamoon Alabassi, “Rift widens in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood after spokesman’s sacking,” Middle East Eye, December 17, 2015, http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypts-muslim-brotherhood-split-after-row-over-spokesperson-sacking-966712164.l; “Egypt… “The Muslim Brotherhood” Splits into Two Groups,” Al Arabiya, December 20, 1016, http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2016/12/20/مصر-الإخوان-المسلمين-تتفكك-إلى-جماعتين-.html.

Despite reports of early rifts over Fahmi’s promotion, Ikhwanweb, the Muslim Brotherhood’s website, continues to refer to Fahmi as the official spokesman.“Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman Statement on the Arrest of Three Women in Alexandria, Monday,” Ikhwanweb: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Official English web site, November 30, 2017, ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=32863.

 
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