Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood members from elections

16 April 2014

Islamic movement the Muslim Brotherhood is now blacklisted as a terrorist group

A court in Egypt has banned members of the Muslim Brotherhood from running as candidates in upcoming presidential and legislative elections. The court in Alexandria ordered authorities to reject the candidacies from members of the group, which has swept all elections in Egypt since the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Egypt’s current government has been clamping down on the Muslim Brotherhood ever since the ousting of former Brotherhood-backed President Mohamed Mursi last July. Since then, the organisation has been further marginalised, having formally been made illegal.

Last month, an Egyptian court sentenced a total of 529 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death on charges of murdering a policeman, as well as the attempted murder of two others during the protests in Cairo last August.

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