Egypt's army-backed interim government will dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as a non-governmental organization (NGO), the Independent (British) website reports exclusively today (September 7, 2013). The move -- approved by Egypt's minister of social solidarity -- continues a crackdown on the political movement which backed deposed president Mohammed Morsi.
The decision applies to the NGO the Brotherhood registered in March in response to a lawsuit arguing that the group had no legal status. The move marks a legal challenge to Morsi's movement as the police round up its leaders across the country.
"The minister's decision has in fact been issued but it will be announced at the start of next week in a press conference," Hany Mahana, spokesman for the minister of social solidarity, is quoted as saying in the state-run Al-Akhbar newspaper.
Social Solidarity Minister Ahmed el-Boraie's decision to dissolve the group as an NGO stemmed from accusations that the Brotherhood had used its headquarters to fire and store weapons and explosives. Egypt's military deposed Morsi as president on July 3 in response to mass protests against his dictatorial rule.