Egypt declared Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Dec 28, 2013 12:45 IST

Egypt’s ruling Government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group. The decision came on 25 December 2013.

The decision came after government officials blamed the Brotherhood for a suicide bombing at a police headquarters in north of Cairo that killed 16 people.

Egypt’s leaders were in conflict with the movement since July 2013, when the military deposed Mohamed Morsi as a President. Mohammed Morsi was a former head of Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s first democratically elected President.

Government has vowed to treat anyone as a terrorist, who belongs to Muslim Brotherhood or even take part in its activities. 23 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were arrested on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization.

A Cairo Court has already banned activities by the Muslim Brotherhood and has issued orders for dissolving it and frozen its assets.   
About Muslim Brotherhood
Founded in Egypt by Hassan al-Banna in March 1928, the group spread to other Muslim countries but has its largest, or one of its largest, organizations in Egypt. It is a Sunni Islamist religious, political and social movement.

The party won almost half the seats in the 2011–12 parliamentary elections, and its candidate, Mohamed Morsi won the June 2012 presidential election. 2012 election was country’s first democratically held elections. After the military coup of the former President Mohamed Morsi, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Ireland, Adli Mansour sworned in as the interim President on 4 July 2013 to oversee early Presidential elections of the country.


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