Egypt considers disbanding Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian authorities are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood group, spokesman for the Egyptian Cabinet said.

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2013, 20:04 PM IST

Egypt: Egyptian authorities are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood group, spokesman for the Egyptian Cabinet said.

Spokesman Sherif Shawki said on Saturday that Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has asked 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 Mohamed Morsy was elected in the country’s first free Presidential elections. The election came after the overthrow of long-time autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.

Morsy was overthrown in a popularly backed military coup on 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.

PTI