CAIRO – Egypt’s military-backed government on Tuesday signaled it was in no rush to dismantle the Muslim Brotherhood, preferring to wait for a ruling outlawing the ousted president’s group to be upheld by a higher tribunal.
The group rejected Monday’s court verdict and vowed to appeal it. But with much of its leadership in prison and public opinion appearing to run strongly against it, analysts said the Brotherhood can do little more.
In the nearly three months since a coup ousted President Mohammed Morsi after millions took to the streets demanding his removal, the government has rounded up around 2,000 leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood from which he hails. Many have been charged with inciting of violence.
Hundreds have been killed in government crackdowns on protest camps and demonstrations while Morsi supporters have attacked churches and police stations in retaliation.
Monday’s court verdict, which orders that the group be outlawed and its assets confiscated, was widely seen as a dramatic escalation in the campaign against the Brotherhood.
On Tuesday, Egypt’s state-run news agency reported that the Cabinet has “postponed taking any decisions” to implement the court order, deciding instead to await “final court rulings out of respect for the judiciary.”