CAIRO: Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali issued Monday a decision to dissolve 169 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) belonging to Muslim Brotherhood members in nine governorates, Youm7 reported.
An official from the ministry, not authorized to speak to the media, said that the ministry would hold a news conference Monday evening on the dissolution decision and the measures that would be taken following the decision.
The decision was based on reports submitted by the ministry’s committees indicating that these NGOs have neither headquarters nor boards of directors, the minister’s aide Kamal al-Sherif told The Cairo Post Monday.
According to the NGOs Law of 2002, each organization shall have a headquarters and board of directors, and must register with the Ministry of Solidarity and submit financial disclosure documents.
A number of MB members’ assets were seized by a committee formed by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab more than a year ago, Sherif added, noting that the confiscation was over belonging to “terrorist group.”
The Egyptian government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group in December 2013.
On Jan. 21, the committee was tasked to confiscate MB assets announced in a news conference; the number of the NGOs confiscated reached 1,137 organizations belonging to more than 900 MB figures.
A committee to manage Brotherhood-affiliated funds and properties was formed in September 2013 following a court ruling that banned the activities of the Brotherhood, and authorized the government to seize any related property and assets.
Additional Reporting by Rany Mostafa