Egypt bans pro-Morsy pressure group

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

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

The Alliance, which included Brotherhood supporters and other groups, was set up after then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Morsy 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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