The Muslim Brotherhood in Libya has been transformed into a non-governmental organization (NGO), the group said on Sunday.
In a written statement, the organization said it had changed its name to the Resurrection and Reform Society.
“We declare to all Libyans that with the grace and help of Allah, society has been transformed into an association called the Resurrection and Reform Society to revive society’s call to obey Islam’s midway strategy and teachings,” it said on its social media page.
The decision was made at its 11th Congress, where many workshops and “dialogue tours” were held. The group aims to convey its message by working intensively in various public areas in Libya.
Abdurrezzak Sergen, a former member of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and a member of the organization’s political wing, the Justice and Construction Party (JCP), told the Anadolu Agency (AA) that the group had decided that its work would be in Libya only, so it had been transformed into a non-governmental organization.
Sergen noted that after this decision, the organization had no relations outside Libya, it was not affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood organization and it became an independent society that only works within the country.
The Muslim Brotherhood was founded by Hassan al-Banna in Egypt in 1928. It was blacklisted by Egyptian authorities in 2013 after Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was removed in a military coup led by then-military general Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. .
Following the coup, the Egyptian military crushed the Muslim Brotherhood in a serious assault and arrested Morsi and many of the group’s other leaders, who have been in prison after undergoing several trials since the coup, which the UN condemned.
Since 2014, authorities in Jordan have also considered it illegal and claim that the license was not renewed under the 2014 law on political parties.
It continued to function, but its relations with the Jordanian state deteriorated further from 2015 when the government approved a protruding group, the Muslim Brotherhood Association.
In April 2016, security services closed Brotherhood’s Amman headquarters and several regional offices and transferred ownership to the splinter group in a move that the movement condemned as political.
The original fraternity took the case to court in an attempt to retrieve the properties, but the court announced in its ruling on Wednesday that it would be dissolved.
The fraternity claims that it had already been granted permission to work under previous laws in the 1940s and 1950s.