Egyptian authorities are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood group, spokesman for the Egyptian Cabinet said.

Spokesman Sherif Shawki said on Saturday that Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has asked the Ministry of Social Solidarity to study the legal possibilities of dissolving the group. He didn’t elaborate.

The Muslim Brotherhood group, founded in 1928, came to power a year ago when its leader Mohamed Morsy was elected in the country’s first free Presidential elections. The election came after the overthrow of long-time autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.

Mr. Morsy was overthrown in a popularly backed military coup on July 3.

The Brotherhood rocketed to power after decades of being a banned group in Egypt. While sometimes tolerated, its leaders often faced long bouts of imprisonment.

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