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  • Tuesday ,31 December 2013
العربية

Interim cabinet had consensus on listing Brotherhood as terrorist group

By-Ahram

Copts and Poliltical Islam

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Tuesday ,31 December 2013

Interim cabinet had consensus on listing Brotherhood as terrorist group

The interim-cabinet came to a consensus on designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi revealed on Sunday

During an interview with TV channel MBC Misr, El-Beblawi said that the government is still committed to enforcing the law through the judicial system, and that no one will be jailed except by an order from public prosecutors.
 
On Wednesday, Egypt's interim government officially declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group. The decision came after the deadly bombing Tuesday in the Delta city of Mansoura that killed 16 people.
 
The government has blamed the Islamist group for orchestrating attacks on its buildings and security personnel since the ouster of Morsi. The Muslim Brotherhood denies the accusations.
 
"The terrorist group that took place in Daqahlia [Mansoura] was a challenge to the state and its sovereignty," said El-Beblawi.
 
In response to a question on the situation universities in Egypt, which has witnessed numerous clashes since the new academic year commenced in October amid frequent pro-Morsi protests: "What is happening at universities is normal, the Muslim Brotherhood are now in a severe dilemma, making them more aggressive," said El-Beblawi, adding that the state is on high alert.
 
El-Beblawi also urged citizens to "heavily participate" in the constitution referendum scheduled for January 14 and 15 in order to "contribute in the success of the democratic experience."
 
Egypt's transition roadmap, set forth by the country's interim authorities, envisages the constitution to be passed in a referendum in January, with parliamentary elections and a presidential vote to follow by mid-2014.