Islamist MPs clash in Egypt over call to prayer

February 7, 2012 20:28

CAIRO - The Islamist speaker in Egypt's parliament reprimanded a hardline Salafi for reciting the call to prayer during a legislative session on Tuesday, telling him "you are no more of a Muslim than I am".

In an angry exchange broadcast on live TV, parliament speaker and Muslim Brotherhood member Saad al-Katatni told Mamdouh Ismail he had violated protocol by interrupting the session to recite the call for afternoon prayer.

The argument laid bare tensions among the Islamist groups that won 70 percent of the seats in the first parliament elected since Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power a year ago.

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