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The body split into two in April 2013, when the former Grand Mufti, Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani, held council elections contrary to the wishes of 21 members of the 32-member body who are close to the Future Movement and who months earlier extended the term of the council for one year.Nine other candidates were elected for the Islamic Endowment Administration also by acclamation: Sheikh Rashed al-Khalili and Sheikh Hussein al-Mallah; two lawyers Aymar al-Baba and Mohammad Jawharim; two engineers Mazen Sabbagh and Mohammad al-Hadaq; Moustapha Ezzeddine for finances; Wajih Kalo for the merchants' seat and Adnan an-Ansari for the endowment owners' seat.Nine candidates were elected for endowments administration: Yehya Alaaeddine (45) and Mahmoud Seifeddine (39) for the religious figures' seats; Hassan Damaj (35) and Houssam Shaaban (39) as Engineers; Hamdan Khaled (acclamation) for finances; Houssam Mashmoushi (58) for the merchants' seats; Mahmoud Akoum (61) for endowment owners' seats.Sheikh Mohammad Imam and Sheikh Houssam Sbat won the religious figures' seats by acclamation; Toufiq Basbous (acclamation) and Bilal Mawlawi (acclamation) for legal affairs; Nazih Moqaddam was chosen the endowment owners' seat also by acclamation; Shawqi Fatfat (64) and Abdel-Rahman al-Hajj (59)as engineers; Ahmad Hajjar (64) for finances and Bassem Assaf (55) for the merchants' seat.
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