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Thursday, February 28, 2008

More members of the Muslim Brotherhood arrested in Egypt

Wednesday saw the arrest of 25 Muslim Brotherhood members following Tuesday’s arrest of 17 others in what looks to be a heightened crackdown by the Egyptian government against the banned organization, The Associated Press reported.

The new arrests are believed to have targeted potential candidates for the upcoming provincial council elections. The Brotherhood, which has been banned since 1954, has managed to establish itself in the national legislature, with members filling more than a fifth of the seats, as independents, in its lower house.

In the last two weeks, government forces have made 264 arrests, adding to the 400 Brotherhood members already in prison from previous arrests.

The Brotherhood advocates implementation of Islamic law but says it also wants democratic reforms in Egypt.

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