Tuesday 26 March 2019

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood under threat

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi take part in a protest near Ennour Mosque in Cairo August 16, 2013. Deeply polarised Egypt braced for renewed confrontation on Friday after the Muslim Brotherhood called for a nationwide march of millions to show anger at a ferocious security crackdown on Islamists in which hundreds were killed. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi take part in a protest near Ennour Mosque in Cairo August 16, 2013. Deeply polarised Egypt braced for renewed confrontation on Friday after the Muslim Brotherhood called for a nationwide march of millions to show anger at a ferocious security crackdown on Islamists in which hundreds were killed. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

The Egyptian authorities are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood group, a spokesman for the Egyptian Cabinet says.

Spokesman Sherif Shawki says prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi assigned the ministry of social solidarity to study the legal possibilities of dissolving the group. He didn't elaborate.

The Muslim Brotherhood group, founded in 1928, came to power a year ago when its leader Mohammed Morsi was elected in the country's first free presidential elections. The election came after the overthrow of longtime autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi was overthrown in a popularly backed military coup July 3.

The Brotherhood rocketed to power after decades of being a banned group in Egypt. While sometimes tolerated, its leaders often faced long bouts of imprisonment.

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