Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood's political wing dissolved

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood's political wing dissolved
Sat Aug 9, 2014 16:07:06

An Egyptian court has issued a ruling dissolving the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood which prevents the group from taking part in elections.

A court banned the Muslim Brotherhood itself in September, but that ruling did not mention its political wing, leaving open the possibility that it could be allowed to run in parliamentary elections.

Saturday's ruling effectively bans the Brotherhood from formal participation in electoral politics.

Then-army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi launched his crackdown on the movement after ousting former president Mohamed Morsi last year following mass protests against his rule.

Sisi, who took office as president in June, has said the Brotherhood, a popular political movement in Egypt, will cease to exist in his presidency.


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