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Egypt names Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

by The Associated Press on December 26, 2013 10:35 AM

CAIRO — Egypt’s military-backed interim government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, a dramatic escalation that gives authorities more power in cracking down on them.

Hossam Eissa, the Minister of Higher Education, read out the Cabinet statement after a long meeting on Wednesday.

Eissa added that the implications of the declaration punish those who belong to the group, those financing it and those promoting the group’s activities.

The Brotherhood is the group that ousted President Mohammed Morsi belongs to and which has waged near-daily protests since a July 3 popularly backed military coup toppled his government.

Authorities blamed the Brotherhood for militant attacks now striking Egypt, a claim the Brotherhood repeatedly has denied.

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