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Egypt could ban Muslim Brotherhood: Israel

A senior Israeli official is suggesting the Muslim Brotherhood should be banned from standing in Egyptian elections because it is an extremist organisation.

Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 09:49 AM IST

Brussels: A senior Israeli official is
suggesting the Muslim Brotherhood should be banned from
standing in Egyptian elections because it is an extremist
organisation.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said today Israel
would object to the Brotherhood being part of a future
government "on the merit of their agenda ... and their
policies."

The Brotherhood, which has renounced violence, is
Egypt`s largest and best-organised opposition group. It was
banned during the rule of recently ousted President Hosni
Mubarak.

But it has been implicitly recognised by Egypt`s
ruling generals, and plans to field candidates in the next
elections.
Ayalon said it`s normal for democracies to ban
extremist parties and noted that Israel itself banned an
anti-Arab party in the past. He said Israel is not asking "the
Muslim world anything we do not ask for ourselves."

PTI