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Egypt arrests 10 more Muslim Brothers ahead of elections | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Police says authorities have arrested 10 Muslim Brotherhood members, including some leaders, amid an ongoing government crackdown against the country’s largest opposition group ahead of this month’s municipal elections.

The members were rounded-up from the northern cities of Alexandria and Menoufia, says a security official speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.

The group says such arrests are aimed at preventing the group’s members from running for the April 8 elections.

The Brotherhood is banned by law, but its candidates run in elections as independents. The group scored surprise victories in 2005 parliament elections that gave it a fifth of the legislature’s 454 seats.