The Egyptian government has moved to dissolve the country’s largest political organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, a report says.
Cairo has decided to proceed with the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood as a legally registered non - governmental organization(NGO), the state - runAl - Akhbar newspaper said on Friday. Hany Mahana, the spokesman for the minister of social solidarity, told the newspaper, “The minister’s decision has in fact been issued but it will be announced at the start of next week in a press conference.” On September 2, the judicial advisory panel, set up by the country’s military-backed government, accused the Brotherhood of operating outside the law and recommended its termination. In March, the Muslim Brotherhood registered itself as an NGO following a court decision on the legal status of the group. The Brotherhood was founded in 1928 following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, but was banned by the country’s military rulers in 1954. On July 3, the head of Egypt’s armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, announced that President Mohamed Morsi, a leading former member of the Brotherhood, was no longer in office. On July 5, Brotherhood supreme leader Mohamed Badie said the move against Morsi was illegal and millions would remain on the streets until the reinstatement of the ousted president. The army-appointed government has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters ever since his ouster and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members, including Badie, who was detained on August 20. About 1,000 people were killed in a week of clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a fatal crackdown on August 14.