Ahmed al-Raissouni has succeeded terrorist sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi to be the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), which is designated a terrorist group.
Qaradawi is considered to be the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, also designated a terrorist group.
According to the official website of the union, Raissouni won 93.4 percent of the votes. The number of voters reached 410. The website pointed out that Raissouni chose Oman's Grand Mufti Ahmad Al-Khalili, Khairuddin Kahraman and Habib Salem al-Jafri as deputies.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have designated the International Union of Muslim Scholars as a terrorist group, under their "commitment to fighting terrorism, draining its funding sources, combating extremist ideology and tools for its dissemination and promotion," according to a report published by the official Saudi Press Agency.
A joint statement by the four countries announced the addition of two entities, including the International Union of Muslim Scholars, to the terrorist list, along with eleven individuals.