New splinters form in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

By the Associated Press | June 26, 2011 | 12:15 PM EDT

An Egyptian man passes by a banner picturing people killed by Egyptian security forces during the revolution, with Arabic words on top that read, " the martyrs of 25th of Jan. revolution, " as members of the victims' families hold a protest calling for the speedy trial of former President Hosni Mubarak and former interior minister Habib el-Adly in front of the National TV building in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

CAIRO (AP) — A senior member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says he is forming a new political party as the Islamic fundamentalist group rapidly splinters.

Last week, several young members broke off and launched a rival to the Brotherhood's main Freedom and Justice Party.

Khaled Dawoud, a senior Brotherhood figure, said Sunday he and other members are forming a separate party to be called al-Riyada, Arabic for The Pioneers. He risks forfeiting Brotherhood membership as the group has banned members from forming separate parties.

The Brotherhood was the most powerful and organized opposition party before President Hosni Mubarak was ousted Feb. 11 in a popular uprising. It had been expected to win big in parliamentary elections set for September.