In a tweet, Sunday, Mohamed Montasser, Muslim Brotherhood media spokesman, announced new faces in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Administrative Office abroad, tasked with the management of the affairs and activities of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood abroad. Montasser mentioned that the Office’s new head is Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Rahman.
Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Rahman was born in March 1960, in the province of Fayoum. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1985.
He joined the Muslim Brotherhood at an early age, and was involved in student activities. He was president of the Faculty of Medicine’s Students Union while still in the second year of his university studies.
On graduating from university, he became a member of the administrative office of the Muslim Brotherhood in Fayoum, then secretary-general of the northern Upper Egypt sector – which oversees the work of the Muslim Brotherhood in that region.
Then, he became head of the administrative office of the Muslim Brotherhood in Fayoum and a member of the group’s (consultative) General Shura Council.
In 2011, after the founding of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) – the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr. Abdel-Rahman was elected secretary-general of the FJP and a member of the party’s National Commission in Fayoum. He was then elected a member of the People’s Assembly (Egyptian Parliament’s first chamber) and later a member of the Shura Council (Egyptian Parliament’s second chamber).
In September 1981, Mubarak’s military regime threw him in jail, for the first time. He was the youngest political prisoner, at the time. He was arrested and imprisoned several times since then, the most recent of which was on the eve of the Day of Rage, Friday January 28, 2011, along with 34 other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Dr. Abdel-Rahman is known for his disinclination for media appearances, his general openness to all political currents, and for empowering youth, which enabled him to form an electoral coalition in Fayoum governorate, including a number of young people and MPs who did do not belong to the Muslim Brotherhood.