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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Banned By Court For Urgent Matters

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An Egyptian court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered the confiscation of its assets, amid an increasing security crackdown on its members since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July.

The ruling specifically banned “all activities by the Muslim Brotherhood group, its non-government organisation and any affiliated institutions”.

The Court for Urgent Matters also ordered the state to seize the group’s funds and assets and recommended that the cabinet form an independent committee to follow up on the implementation of the ruling.

The Brotherhood, founded in 1928, has been banned in Egypt for decades before a popular uprising overthrew its arch foe president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Following Mubarak’s ouster, it launched its own political party, the Freedom and Justice Party.

In March, the group formally registered itself after opponents challenged their legal status and funding.

It was not immediately clear whether the ruling would affect the party as well.

The lawsuit was filed by a lawyer, who is a member of the leftist al-Tagammu party, seeking a rapid ruling to allow the government to suspend all Brotherhood activities.

The Administrative Court will hear another case calling for the dissolution of the Brotherhood’s NGO next month.

The “Muslim Brotherhood as an organisation will always be present on the ground even after dissolving it, and will continue serving Egyptians,” the group said on its Twitter account.

It “is part and parcel of Egyptian society. Corrupt and politically motivated judicial decisions cannot change that,” it added.

Morsi was deposed by military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on July 3 after millions took to the streets calling for Egypt’s first democratically elected president to go.

Islamist protesters have held regular protests since then against the military-backed government.

After security dispersed two large Islamist sit-ins in Cairo in mid-August, Islamist protesters started organising small and scattered demonstrations across Egypt.

Their numbers however have dropped massively over the weeks.

Morsi, who has since been detained by the military at an undisclosed location, will face trial for inciting the murder of protesters rallying against him last December.

Morsi is also facing charges of conspiring with Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas to perpetrate “hostile acts” during the uprising against his predecessor, Mubarak, in 2011.

Most leaders of the Brotherhood have been detained on charges of inciting violence.

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

Also Read: Joe Biden Defeats Trump To Win US Presidential Election

“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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