Sources in the presidency have asserted that Essam El-Erian, leading figure in the Freedom and Justice Party, didn’t submit an official resignation from the presidential advisory council.
El-Erian posted a tweet on 20 October saying he had resigned.
“I have asked that the president take the decision to relieve me of my duties on the advisory board and for the [FJP] party to elect a new deputy chairman and secretary general in continuation of our journey. God is with me and will guide me,” he tweeted on Saturday night.
Later on, media organisations reported that president Morsy had rejected El-Erian’s resignation.
On Monday, El-Erian posted a new tweet saying he is leaving Cairo on a long vacation.
El-Erian later said he didn’t submit an official document of resignation.
Saad El-Katatny, newly elected president of the FJP, appointed El-Erian as vice president of the party after his internal election win on Friday. He also delegated the presidency of the party to him, as he (El-Katatny) headed to Mecca for Haj (pilgrimage).
El-Katatny tweeted that he insists on having El-Erian as the vice president of the party.