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Egyptian court recommends dissolving Muslim Brotherhood

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In Egypt, a judicial official has announced that a panel of judges have recommended the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood. The decision is nonbinding, but brings the Muslim Brotherhood one step closer to being eliminated. Their legitimacy was questioned even before the ousting of Mohamed Morsi as president.

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 and spent most of that time being banned in Egypt. They were able to survive by creating and operating widespread social networks. With so many court cases facing them, they have registered as a civil association. Hamas is a offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Russia banned the Muslim Brotherhood back in 2003, when it's Supreme Court labeled it a terrorist organization. Russia considered lifting the ban at least partially in 2012 in order to improve relations with the Morsi government. When Hosni Mubarak was removed from office, Russia lost several lucrative contracts with the Egyptians and they were looking to rebuild their relationship.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, has proven to be a resilient force, moving in and out of favor with the government of Egypt. The Brotherhood supported President Gamal Abdel Nasser, until he began to see it as a threat and cracked down on it. A 1954 attempt on Nassar's life has often been blamed on the Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood has also been implicated in the assassination of Anwar Sadat. Sadat had fallen out of favor with Islamists after he signed a peace treaty with Isreal. He was assassinated after ordering the round up of 1500 radical Islamists. The fatwa for his assassination was issued by Omar Abdel-Rahman., who later masterminded the first bombing of the World Trade Center. Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood tried to convince Obama to release him to them.

The court's recommendation indicates that the military and the interim government are convinced that there can be no peace as long as the Brotherhood is allowed to operate.

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