Egypt’s military-backed government forged ahead with a sweeping political crackdown against Islamists on Wednesday, even as the United States prepared to curtail some of the nonessential military aid it gives to the Arab world’s largest state.
Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity announced the official dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that backed former president Mohamed Morsi, making membership in the Brotherhood effectively illegal.
Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, has been held virtually incommunicado since the July 3 coup that ousted him. He is set to appear in court Nov. 4 on charges of inciting violence against protesters during his time in office, Egypt’s Court of Appeals said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a senior U.S. official said the Obama administration is preparing to announce curbs on a significant part of the $1.3 billion in military aid it allocates annually to Egypt, an important shift in relations with a key Middle East ally.