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Egypt's Brotherhood names Ezzat as interim head

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A picture dated August 29, 2005 shows senior member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mahmoud Ezzat giving an interview to AFP in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood has named Ezzat as interim leader to head the group after its supreme guide was arrested Tuesday, the website of its political party said.AFP/File

The Muslim Brotherhood has named an interim leader to head the group after its supreme guide was arrested Tuesday, the website of its political party said.

"Mahmoud Ezzat, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, will assume the role of supreme guide of the group on a temporary basis after the security forces of the bloody military coup arrested supreme guide Mohamed Badie," the Freedom and Justice Party website said.

Badie was arrested as the army-installed government cracks down on the Brotherhood, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails.

Dozens of its leaders and members have been rounded up, including Morsi, who has been detained at a secret location since he was pushed from office on July 3 after massive demonstrations against his rule.

He faces allegations related to his 2011 escape from prison as well as new accusations that he incited the death and torture of protesters in December 2012.