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Egypt court postpones ruling on future of Brotherhood's FJP

A lawsuit lodged by the Independent Current against the Freedom and Justice Party claims the party should be banned due to its religious affiliations

Ahram Online, Saturday 16 Nov 2013
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A protester cheers as items ransacked from an office of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party burn in Alexandria November 23, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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On Saturday, Egypt's High Administrative Court postponed lawsuits calling for the disbanding of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, until 15 February 2014.

The court was expected to issue a decision on the lawsuits after its board of commissioners recommended disbanding the party earlier on Saturday. 

Head of the judicial group the judge's Independence Current , Ahmed El-Fadali, filed a lawsuit against the party, arguing that it is illegal because it was founded on a religious basis, which became unconstitutional based on the 8 July 2013 interim constitutional declaration.

Article 10 of the July declaration states: "No political party shall be formed that discriminates on the basis of gender, origin or religion."

El-Fadali also said that since a recent court ruling officially banned the Brotherhood, a political party springing from the same group should also be banned.  

On 23 September, a court banned all Muslim Brotherhood activities and ordered the seizure of the group's assets and funds. The court also outlawed any institution connected to the Brotherhood.

The group appealed the decision shortly after, but the appeal was rejected on 6 November. 

The FJP was founded following the 2011 revolution that resulted in the ouster then- president of 30 years Hosni Mubarak. The party nominated Mohamed Morsi to run as its candidate in the 2012 Egyptian presidential elections. Morsi won the elections, but was deposed a year later by the army amid mass protests against his rule. 

Since Morsi's ouster, the Brotherhood has been protesting what they consider a "coup" against the country's first democratically elected president. Tensions have risen between security forces and Brotherhood supporters amid a harsh crackdown on the latter's members. Hundreds of Morsi's supporters have been arrested in recent months, and many will stand trial, primarily for charges of inciting violence.

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