Egypt bans pro-Morsi pressure group

Egypt bans pro-Morsi pressure group
A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood holds a poster of of ousted president Mohamed Morsi during a rally in Cairo.

CAIRO - Egypt on Thursday banned a pressure group that has pushed for the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was overthrown by the army last year.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb issued a decree dissolving the National Coalition to Support Legitimacy and Reject the Coup as well as its political arm, the Independence Party, following an earlier court ruling against the organisations.

The Coalition, which included Brotherhood supporters and other groups, was set up after then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Morsi in July 2013 following protests against his rule.

Egyptian authorities have since cracked down on the Brotherhood, banning Egypt's oldest Islamist organisation and throwing thousands of its members in jail.

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