Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood recognized as a legitimate party

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June 7, 2011 14:46

 
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The Egyptian official news agency on Tuesday recognized the Muslim Brotherhood as a legitimate party for the first time since it was outlawed in 1954, AP reported.

The party was recognized as the "Freedom and Justice Party" and will be allowed to run in the parliamentary elections scheduled for September, the report said.

The party's candidates, running as independents, won 20 percent of the Egyptian vote in the 2005 parliamentary election.

To be recognized as a party under the new rules, the party has announced it will be open to Muslims, Christians and women, AP said.

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