AL AKHBAR (Egypt), BBC, REUTERS
CAIRO — Conflicting reports from Egypt are casting doubt over the future of the Muslim Brotherhood as a non-governmental organization.
Al-Akhbar, a state-run newspaper, reported Friday that the minister of social solidarity has decided to dissolve the Brotherhood, though it had yet to be announced. “The minister’s decision has in fact been issued, but it will be announced at the start of next week in a press conference,” Hany Mahana, spokesman for the minister, told the newspaper.
But the BBC quoted the Egyptian Cabinet spokesman Sherif Shawki as saying that the social solidarity minister “had not issued any decision.”
According to Reuters, the decision to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood, which came in response to a lawsuit arguing that the organization had no legal status, would apply to the NGO in March.
The Muslim Brotherhood was created in 1928 but was banned by the Egyptian Army in 1954.
The Egyptian Army, which overthrew President Mohamed Morsi July 3, has since been cracking down on the Brotherhood, arresting most of its senior figures, including its leader Mohammed Badie.