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article imageOp-Ed: Muslim Brotherhood declared a terrorist organization in Egypt

By Ken Hanly     Dec 24, 2013 in Politics
Cairo - The Muslim Brotherhood has been declared a "terrorist organization" by the Egyptian government after a powerful car bomb at a police building killed at least 14 people.
The interim government immediately suggested the Muslim Brotherhood was behind the attack. Most of those killed were police and more than 100 were wounded.
The Egyptian state new agency MENA reported that the prime minister Beblawi has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. Earlier an Egyptian court had already banned the activities of the group to which ex-president Morsi belongs. The interim government often accuses the Brotherhood of funding and training militants in the Sinai Peninsula. The move by the government is taking place just as preparations are being made for a referendum on a new constitution January 14 and January 15.
The new constitution will ban parties based on religion just as the Mubarak constitution did and it will consolidate the power of the military. The defense minister will be appointed by the Supreme Military Council and the military budget will receive only limited oversight by the parliament. There will be trial of civilians by military tribunals if the offense is against the military. The special powers of the military were also preserved in the Morsi constitution. Since it passed, it is quite likely that the parts that give powers to the military will again be supported. As with the earlier constitution Sharia is the source of legislation. The two constitutions are compared with the differences shown here. An analysis including the role of the military can be found here. The entire constitution can be found here including the pompous preamble that includes laudatory passages on the role of the military.
The Muslim Brotherhood condemned the attack on the police facility: “The Muslim Brotherhood condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack on the police headquarters in Mansoura (region). The Muslim Brotherhood considers this act as a direct attack on the unity of the Egyptian people and demands an enquiry forthwith so that the perpetrators of this crime may be brought to justice.”
Since ex-president Morsi was overthrown in July, more than 1,000 people have been killed in the subsequent crackdown most from the Brotherhood. However, no security forces have been punished but mostly members of the Brotherhood. Thousands have been arrested including the entire leadership. The top leaders are all facing trials including ex-president Morsi who faces three sets of charges. New charges were recently made against Morsi and 129 others, most of which carry the death penalty. Morsi is now charged with organizing prison breaks during the 2011 uprising, spreading chaos and abducting police officers in collaboration with foreign militants. Originally, the US had called for the release of Morsi. I think that the US may have decided not to pursue that issue! From being the group whose party won the elections and the presidency the group is now a terrorist organization. The US always spoke of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi as moderate Islamists. Mubarak will probably be smiling.
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