State Commissioners recommend dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood

The Board of State Commissioners, an advisory body within the State Council, recommended on Monday that the court dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood and shut down the headquarters of the Guidance Bureau in Moqattam district of Cairo.
On Monday, the Administrative Court of the State Council resumed considering the lawsuit filed by former MP Hamdy al-Fakharany requesting the Social Solidarity Ministry to halt the decision of announcing the Muslim Brotherhood as a civil association instead of a political association. The case was postponed till 5 November.
The lawsuit claims that the Muslim Brotherhood were performing illegal acts, including murder, terrorism and sabotage following the June 30 protests.
The lawsuit also states that the Muslim Brotherhood were not entitled to re-apply for a re-identification of their association, since it had become identified as a political party by the Revolutionary Command Council in 1995.
The Muslim Brotherhood established the Freedom and Justice Party as a political party, which allowed the group to maintain a public presence while keeping its original organizational structure as a more secretive association.
The plaintiff noted that administrative authorities failed to enforce the law and take the necessary action against civil associations practicing their activities illegally after being dissolved.
He added that the Muslim Brotherhood is practicing an activity that should be limited to political parties, according to the law of political parties.
The Social Solidarity Ministry has announced that it is considering dissolving the group, but Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawy said in press statements that the Egyptian administration has abandoned the decision.
"Dissolving the party or the group is not the solution and it is wrong to make decisions in turbulent situations," state news agency MENA quoted Beblawi as saying.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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