Egypt Bans Group Pushing for Morsi's Reinstatement

Egypt bans pressure group pushing for the reinstatement of former Muslim Brotherhood President, who was ousted last year.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Morsi supporters clash with riot police in Ca
Morsi supporters clash with riot police in Ca

Egypt on Thursday banned a pressure group that has pushed for the reinstatement of former President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was ousted by the army last year.

According to Reuters, Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb issued a decree dissolving the National Coalition to Support Legitimacy and Reject the Coup, as well as its political arm, the Independence Party, following an earlier court ruling against the organizations.

The Coalition, which included Brotherhood supporters and other groups, was set up after the army ousted Morsi in July 2013 following protests against his rule.

Since Morsi’s ouster, the Muslim Brotherhood has been the subject of a broad crackdown, which has seen thousands of Brotherhood supporters jailed.

Morsi’s supporters have staged regular protests calling for his reinstatement, rallies that have often degenerated into street clashes with security forces and civilian opponents.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been outlawed and designated as a terrorist organization by Egypt’s government.

Morsi himself is currently on trial in several cases. In one trial he is being accused of inciting the killings of opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

In another trial, Morsi and 35 others, including leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, are accused of conspiring with foreign powers, the Hamas terror group and Iran to destabilize Egypt.

Another of Morsi’s trials, which began in January, cites his role in a 2011 jailbreak which saw the deaths of several police officers. A fourth trial will be held over charges of insulting the judiciary.