Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali during an interview with Aswat Masriya on September 22, 2014. ASWAT MASRIYA/Ahmed Hamed
CAIRO, Feb 23 (Aswat Masriya) - The Ministry of Social Solidarity decided on Monday to dissolve 169 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in nine governorates across Egypt for their "ties with the Muslim Brotherhood."
In a statement, the ministry provided a breakdown of how many NGOs were ordered disbanded in which governorates. The northern governorate of Kafr el-Sheikh leads with 52 NGOs, followed by 51 in Alexandria.
The ministry said dissolving the NGOs is in compliance with the law and is based on the decision by an urgent matters court in September 2013, which banned the Brotherhood.
The ruling stipulated banning the activities of any association that is branched from the Brotherhood, that was founded by Brotherhood funds or that receives any form of support from the Brotherhood.
A committee was formed after the ruling was issued to manage Brotherhood funds. The committee said last month that the assets of 901 Muslim Brotherhood members and 1096 associations had been seized so far.
Egypt listed the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in December 2013 and insists it is behind the wave of militancy which has targeted security personnel since July 2013. The Brotherhood continuously denies the accusations.