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Muslim Brotherhood officially registered as NGO

Following formal request by the Islamist group on Tuesday, Egypt's Ministry of Insurance and Social Affairs officially registers Muslim Brotherhood as NGO

Ahram Online, Thursday 21 Mar 2013
Nagwa Khalil
Egypt's Minister of Insurance and Social Affairs, Nagwa Khalil (Photo: Ahram Arabic news website)
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Egypt's largest Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, has been officially registered as a non-governmental organisation by the ministry of social security.

The move came after a 'comprehensive' request submitted by the group on Tuesday, Minister of Social Security Nagwa Khalil told state news agency MENA on Thursday.

The Islamist group met all the requirements of law 84/2002 regulating non-governmental organisations, Khalil said.

The ministry would oversee the group's funding now it is officially registered as an NGO, asserted the minister.

The announcement of the group's status came shortly after the State Commissioners Board recommended the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) reject the Brotherhood's longstanding appeal against a 1954 decision by the then-ruling Revolutionary Command Council declaring the group illegal and ordering its dissolution.

Some analysts argue that the abrupt registration is in breach of the law 84/2002 that forbids NGOs from taking part in political activities, raising doubts about the transparency of the process.

In a statement on Thursday, the Egyptian Patriotic Movement, led by ex-presidential hopeful and Mubarak-era PM Ahmed Shafiq, argued the move would open the door for Egyptian NGOs (around 40,000) to undertake political activities, in violation of their traditional role defined by international law.

The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928, was formally outlawed amid a wide-ranging crackdown on group members during the reign of president Gamal Abdel-Nasser, following an assassination attempt on the latter for which the Brotherhood was blamed.

 

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Joseph
24-05-2013 04:39pm
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Still many questions
@AG. The question here is a question of legality not a history revisiting. According to the law the AM is illegal organization regardless whether the law was fair or not still is the law.Furthermore any wins,consequences or subsequents actions or results coming from illegal activities or entities are equally illegal in the eyes of the law.So the FJP is illegal as well. The question here whether the law allows for legalization of an illegal organization that has been practicing illegal activities on the highest level,if so then the FJP also must be legalized as well.The AM will have to stay out of any political activities and open their financial books to a governmental oversight agency.
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Nora
22-03-2013 02:06pm
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MB is a force for good, and here to stay
any one thinks that MB is an outlawed organization needs to get his/head examined. They have done tonne of charity works over its 85 years. Gamal Abdel Nasser was a criminal, who killed and imprisoned its members to propagate communism. He died as a soar loser, who had a big mouth, and bloody hands.
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Khalid
22-03-2013 11:36am
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Real motives
This is a universal truth, MB is a party or group since many decades that enjoys a larg scal support of the eygption society that no other party in egypt can claim it.The past Autocractic rulers and Dectators used all oppresives rule and force to silent MB voice but they failed due to the fact that MB is genuine voice & representation of the society that you cannot be side lined or whiped off from political map.Yes,a lot of political groups and segments of the society do not like or agree with MB political agenda but it's fact and proved in recent free fair elections that they cannot overrun through ballot box and now they wish and hope to side line MB or silent a political reality that enjoys a larger support of the masses through registration laws.Those who wish to silent and kick out MB from egyption politics they should do it politically and through getting support and trut of egyptain people. What will happen if you declare MB illegal..? Same people /group cannot work with oth
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sammyb
22-03-2013 01:01am
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Muslim Brotherhood
So, this is a clear indication and officially ends their long lived name as we know it, so is Morsi a member of the NGO?. is this the end of the tainted name of the Brotherhood? Does the NGO consider themselves a the new governing body? or perhaps they will disappear into the night!
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Democracia
21-03-2013 09:55pm
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Lots of questions....
Which form of NGO? Muassassa or what(because the form is very important about the finances of the group and the supervision through the Ministry of this finances)? Who is in the chairboard, who is it's president? What is written in it's statutes? What registration Nr.? Where is it registered (which city or governorate)?
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Roslyn
21-03-2013 06:26pm
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Beyond the law!
The Muslim Brotherhood is BEYOND the LAW....outraged!
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dru
22-03-2013 12:37am
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@AG
@AG, the law as it stands actually says, an NGO cannot practice politics, so please know what you are talking about before you comment
AG
21-03-2013 08:38pm
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Ummm...what?
What are you talking about, they registered as per the law. Shafiq's people don't know what they are talking about. The FJP and the MB are separate legal entities. There's nothing to say that someone can't be in both a political party and an NGO. In otherwards they are doing everything perfectly within the law, laws which I may add, they didn't make themselves. They registered while SCAF was in power. If this is the thing people want to attack MB on then they really don't have a case against them and they are just grabbing at straws.
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patkar
21-03-2013 03:50pm
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registration EXPRESS
I hope to dream that the same principles of supervision that applies to all NGO will apply to the Muslim Brotherhood inc. or a new loohole will be found to evede financing.Mabruck
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Farid
21-03-2013 03:46pm
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and before ???
Ok MB is NGO now. However since its was not registered before, how come it could perform political activities? Is that mean that all what was done by MB within government so far is illegal and should be revised? How come unregistered party was ruling country?
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AG
21-03-2013 08:35pm
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Explanation
The FJP is ruling the country. The FJP is the political party and it has been registered for a long time now, since before any elections took place. But since the FJP's founders were MB members everyone just calls them MuslimBrotherhood (even though some of the founding members weren't even Muslim). The Muslim Brotherhood was "outlawed" by Gamal AbdelNasser because they disagreed with him, so he attempted to silence them by outlawing them and arresting them and torturing them in jail. This habit of continuously attacking the MB continued with Sadat and with Mubarak. The people trying to make them seem like they are "illegal" are playing a dangerous game. You see if they are "right" and the MB is "illegal" then that means the MB can "legally" do the same thing to them that Nasser did to the MB. In otherwards the MB can declare random groups illegal and arrest them and torture them for decades. In otherwards if you don't like the MB then that's fine but this is not the battle you want t
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