Egypt judges advise dissolving Brotherhood party

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi hold pictures of him as they react after the Egyptian army's statement was read out on state TV, at the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in Cairo July 3, 2013. (File photo: Reuters)

A panel of Egyptian judges has recommended the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, a move that signals a widening crackdown on the group.

The judges’ recommendation Monday said the party represents an outlawed group. The recommendations will be delivered to a Cairo court reviewing a case demanding the party’s dissolution on Oct. 19.

The Brotherhood’s party was registered in 2011, months after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak - the first time the 85-year old organization formed a political party. It went on to win a majority in the first post-Mubarak parliament, and its leader, Mohammed Mursi, later won office as Egypt’s first democratically elected leader.

Mursi was ousted in a popularly backed military coup in July. Authorities have since arrested Brotherhood leaders and cracked down on its protests.
 

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