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Egypt’s court dissolves Muslim Brotherhood party


08-11-2014 10:42 BJT

Egypt’s highest administrative court has dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party, the political party of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The decision comes ahead of parliamentary elections expected this year. It prevents the group from trying to rejoin politics, a year after leading member, President Mohammed Morsi, was overthrown by the military. 

An Egyptian court annuls group. The verdict is final, there are no further appeals. Dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood’s freedom Justice Party was the last step in terminating the group’s legal existence. So the banned group is now officially once again an underground movement.

But Analysts say it’s still not the end of the group, particularly as the country prepares for the parliament elections, expected in the next few months.

"The Muslim Brotherhood will not declare running in the next parliament election. But many will be surprised to see members in the next parliament, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, loving it, loyal to the group. They will be members whom the authorities themselves are not aware they belong to the group." Said Mohamed Amin, political analyst.

Egyptians in the streets couldn’t care less about the verdict.

"Anyone who has the skills can run. Anyone who’s fit should run, but at the end it’s the people’s choice, no one elects himself." Said Mohamed Ibrahim, Cairo resident.

"The Muslim Brotherhood are an isolated part of society. Parliament elections depend on big families and their supporters. No one would win except a particular family in each region, whether the candidate is Muslim Brotherhood member or national Democratic Party. I don’t think parties have any influence here in Egypt." Said Mohamed Abdullah, Cairo resident.

The Freedom and Justice Party was established in June 2011, after Hosni Mubarak stepped down.

It paved the road for the brotherhood to reach the top office in Egypt, after the party’s chief Mohamed Morsi ran for president.

But as soon as he was ousted, 12 cases were filed to dissolve the party. One of them came through.

"Most Egyptians received the court verdict with indifference. After the government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood the court decision was already expected. Yet many still believe that the Muslim brotherhood will have members in the next parliament.

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