Egypt's army-backed government moves to dissolve Muslim Brotherhood

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Egypt's army-backed government moves to dissolve Muslim Brotherhood

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Egypt’s army-backed government has moved to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood by taking away its non-governmental organisation status.

A report by the Egyptian state-run newspaper Al-Akhnar on Friday said the decision is expected to be officially announced at a news conference early next week.

The move applies to the NGO registered by the Brotherhood in March in reaction to a lawsuit that argued the group had no legal status. It marks a mostly symbolic legal blow to Mursi’s group as the authorities round up its members in the harshest crackdown in decades.

The army deposed Mohamed Mursi on July 3 in response to mass protests against his rule. Hundreds of Mursi supporters have been killed and many Brotherhood leaders have been arrested on charges of inciting violence.

While short of a formal ban, the move would undermine the legality of the Brotherhood and threaten its future in Egyptian politics.

The decision to dissolve the organisation, if confirmed, comes after senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Amr Darrag condemned an apparent assassination attempt on the Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.