Brotherhood to legalize status

Faisal al-Sayed, a member of the Freedom and Justice Party’s Legal Committee, on Wednesday said the party is finalizing a proposal to legalize the status of the Muslim Brotherhood as a comprehensive civil association for development, once the NGO law that was issued in 2002 is amended, as it does not provide for the new form of the group.

Banned under the former regime of Hosni Mubarak, the group now is under pressure to regulate itself according to Law 84/2002 which regulates NGO activities.

"The group has a unique structure with its Guidance Bureau and branches in Egypt and abroad," he said. "The general guide would be called chairman, and the Guidance Bureau would become the Board of Directors."

"We welcome all supervisory bodies to monitor our donations," he added. "We have nothing to hide."

The Brotherhood has been engaged in politics illegally since it was outlawed in 1954 under the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

The Egyptian authorities approved the creation of the Brotherhood’s political party, the Freedom and Justice Party, in June 2011.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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