Committee recommends shutting down FJP

The State Council Commissioner Authority has recommended dissolving the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, reported the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram on Monday.

The FJP was granted official status by the Political Parties Affairs Committee in June 2011. In its report to the Supreme Administrative Court, the authority recommended reversing that decision.

In the 2011 parliamentary elections, the FJP won 47 percent of the seats. Parliament was later dissolved by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in June 2012.

The recommendation comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed against both FJP head Saad al-Katatny and the Political Parties Affairs Committee.

The Commissioner Authority is a body within the State Council that weighs in on every case before the court issues a final decision. While its recommendations are not binding, they often influence the ruling.

Last month, it recommended that the Muslim Brotherhood be disbanded and its headquarters closed. Later in September, a Cairo administrative court ruling officially banned the Muslim Brotherhood, deeming all its activities, subsidiary organizations and any organizations it funds illegal. The Brotherhood’s liquid, moveable and real estate assets were also to be seized by the state.

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