Media advisor to the Cabinet Sherif Shawky said Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi and Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed al-Boraie are looking into dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood within a legal framework.
In a press conference Saturday, Shawky said Beblawi had made the proposal to Borai, and are both currently studying the legal steps to disband the group.
Shawky recounted the clashes that overtook the country on Friday, saying that Egypt and the whole world stood witness to “atrocities” committed by the Muslim Brotherhood in order to return to power.
The Cabinet placed the death toll from Friday’s nationwide clashes at 137, ninety-five of whom were killed in Cairo. 1330 people were also injured across Egypt.
Shawky said the attacks that took place on Friday are a testament against group and that security forces dealt with the “terrorist acts” with self-restraint.
The government vows to relentlessly continue to protect the country in the face of terrorism “with an iron fist.”
Shawky says the death toll is mainly a consequence of the armed attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood against citizens and police officers, saying that twelve churches have been torched nationwide on Friday, along with other government buildings and police stations.
Clashes raged between deposed President Mohamed Morsi`s supporters and security forces across the country on Friday, as The Muslim Brotherhood organized the protests under the name of "the Friday of Wrath," two days following the forcible dispersal of their sit-ins by the army and the police.
Since the dispersal of the sit-ins on Wednesday, fifty-seven policemen were killed, and 563 were injured.
Shawky defended the decision to disperse the sit-ins at Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda Square where supporters of Morsi camped, saying that it was proven that their sit-ins are not peaceful and that reconciliation efforts had failed.
Shawky also lauded stances taken by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and other nations who expressed support for Egypt in its “fight against terrorism” in statements made Friday.
[This article originally appeared on Mada Masr.]