Leading Sunni cleric says in fatwa Egyptians should back Mursi

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 06, 2013 2:13 PM

RIYADH (Reuters) - Egyptians should support ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and the military should withdraw from the political scene, leading Qatar-based cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi said in a religious edict, or fatwa, on Saturday.

The Egyptian-born Qaradawi, one of the most prominent Sunni clerics in the Middle East, said the military's intervention to depose Mursi on Wednesday was against democracy and the constitution.

He added that many scholars from Cairo's al-Azhar Islamic university, the country's pre-eminent Muslim institution, agreed with him.

(Reporting By Angus McDowall and Amena Bakr; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)