Egypt arrests 43 Muslim Brotherhood members ahead of municipal elections

Egyptian police on Monday arrested 43 members of the country's largest opposition movement, the banned Muslim Brotherhood, police officials and the group's Web site said Monday. The dawn arrests in six provinces were the latest in an ongoing crackdown on the Brotherhood and came five days after 25 other members were arrested in sweeps elsewhere in Egypt, the Brotherhood's official web site said. A police official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, confirmed Monday's arrests. The new arrests were believed by the movement to be targeting potential candidates or people related to the upcoming local council elections set for April 8.