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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Egypt’s Prime Minister stated he is against dissolving of Muslim Brotherhood

Hazem El-Beblawy, Egypt's interim Prime Minister
Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawy stated on Tuesday, that he is against the possibility of the decision regarding the dissolving of Egypt’s biggest Islamist organization Muslim Brotherhood.

Amid the ongoing political crisis and violent clashes happening in Cairo and in Egypt nationwide after the dispersal of two biggest Muslim Brotherhood’s sit-ins in Cairo Egypt’s government and several political parties have been mulling the possibility of dissolving the Islamist group and declaring it illegal due to its activities and amid the fight against terrorism in Egypt.

Hazem El-Beblawy in his turn has proposed the idea of dissolving of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Cabinet of Ministers has been studying it. In addition to that several thousands of Muslim Brotherhood’s members including leaders and high ranking members have been arrested across the country since 14 August, when the sit-ins were dispersed.

Though later Hazem El-Beblawy has backed away the decision of the dissolving of Islamist group stating that Muslim Brotherhood should not be excluded from the political process and life of Egypt.

During the press conference held on Tuesday, 27 August, Egypt’s interim Prime Minister has declared the special committee should be formed by the government tasked with the observing and studying of the activities of Muslim Brotherhood and other political parties and groups in Egypt as well. The decision to dissolve some political parties or groups in the current situation in Egypt wouldn’t be correct and could bring more instability, thinks Egypt’s Prime Minister.

Thus the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood’s organization including its political arm, Freedom and Justice Party, should be monitored by the special state’s committee, and the decision of the dissolution of the group should be actual only in case of some secret or illegal activities performed by the group, stated Hazem El-Beblawy.

Massive Islamist protests in Cairo after ouster
of Mohamed Morsy
We would remind here that Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 and was a non-governmental charity organization at the beginning. Later its members started to get involved in politics, and the group has been banned during 30 years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule with numerous members of it being prosecuted and detained. After January 25 Revolution in 2011 when Hosni Mubarak was ousted, Muslim Brotherhood came back on the political arena of Egypt actively participating in political and social life and gaining more and more support. 

Since 2011 Islamist group has won all the election getting the majority of voices, and after Islamist backed Mohamed Morsy was elected as Egypt’s President, they became the most influential group in Egypt. Though the Islamists were trying to monopolize the powers in the country controlling almost all if the key state’s institution, and the revolution of 30 June in 2013 demanded the ouster of Mohamed Morsy. It led to the military decree ousting Mohamed Morsy from power and weeks of the protests and sit-ins held by Egypt’s Islamists demanding Morsy to be reinstated. 

After the violent dispersal of Islamist sit-ins in Cairo on 14 August the wave of deadly clashes sparked in Egypt nationwide with Islamists and security forces clashing with each other. Nearly 900 people have been killed and thousands injured. The arrests of numerous Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders and members followed, and the government has been discussing the possibility of dissolving Egypt’s biggest Islamist group.