Supporters of ousted Egypt's president Morsi
Supporters of ousted Egypt\'s president Morsi (Reuters)

Egypt has decided to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as an NGO, according to the state-run al-Akhbar newspaper.

"The minister's decision has in fact been issued but it will be announced at the start of next week in a press conference," the paper said, quoting Hany Mahana, spokesman for the minister of social solidarity.

The Brotherhood was founded in 1928 and formally dissolved by Egypt's army rulers in 1954. The NGO was formally registered in March, in response to a lawsuit that maintained the movement had no legal status.

There were no reports on whether the new ruling affects the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which is the political wing of the Brotherhood in Egypt.

In July the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was ousted by the army in response to mass protests.