Brotherhood dissolution pleases some, angers others

Social Solidarity Ministry spokesperson Hani Mehanna told the privately-owned Al-Shorouk daily that Minister Ahmed al-Borai is signing off the decision to dismantle the Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday. He added that a committee is already working on the implementation of the court order. 

The Cairo Court of Urgent Matters ruled the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood in September, which registered itself as an NGO in March 2013, after having worked since 1954 outside the scope of the law. 

Mehanna said that a ministerial committee jointly appointed from the ministries of solidarity, interior, local development, justice and national security has been tasked with providing inventories of the Brotherhood’s assets. He added that the committee’s mandate is not political but merely to implement the court ruling, and that it has already started its work. 

“The committee’s goal is to identify structures coming out of the group and to confiscate its funds, including secret entities,” Mehanna told Al-Shorouk. 

While celebrated by several political forces, some analysts see the ruling to ban the Muslim Brotherhood as harmful to Egypt’s democratic path. “If there was talk about democratic transformation and revolution, this is now an exclusion of the other using oppressive measures,” says Emad Shahin, professor of political science at the American University in Cairo and expert on Islamist movements. 

While it is commonly claimed that the ban will weaken the Brotherhood, Shahin thinks the opposite. “We all know that bans do not affect the Brotherhood politically and that when they functioned as a banned group they had more legitimacy,” he says. 

Meanwhile, the General Federation for NGOs hailed the steps Borai has taken to implement the ruling to dissolve the Brotherhood and said that the formation of the committee responds to its own recommendations. Hatem Khater, the head of the federation, told privately-owned Al-Masry Al-Youm that the Brotherhood committed several violations including the possession of arms and operating from illegal premises. 


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