CAIRO — Egypt's most powerful political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, says it is nominating the head of its party as a back-up candidate for president in the face of attempts to disqualify their primary nominee.

In a statement released late Saturday by the Brotherhood, the group said they are putting forth party leader Mohammed Morsi as an alternate to Khairat el-Shater, the party's chief strategist and financier.

El-Shater was released from prison last month after serving five years on charges relating to his membership in the then-outlawed Brotherhood under the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

The Brotherhood statement says el-Shater faces no legal obstacles to running for president, but they will file an application for Morsi as a second option due to "attempts by some to create barriers" for certain candidates.