The Pharmacists’ Syndicate was put under judicial guardianship on Saturday by the Court for Urgent Matters in Abdeen, citing Muslim Brotherhood leadership as a reason.
The complaint against the syndicate that requested that the judiciary intercede was filed by syndicate member Safaa Abdel-Azim Mohamed and the syndicate’s lawyer, Seoudi Ibrahim, reported state-run Al-Ahram.
Pharmacists’ Syndicate Assistant Secretary General Ahmed Ebeid, a member of the Independent Current Party which ran against the Muslim Brotherhood in the March 2014 syndicate midterm elections, said that the syndicate board would take all possible legal measures to challenge the verdict and keep the syndicate intact.
The court’s verdict also called for early syndicate elections, and the general assembly will decide on a date on Saturday, said Ebeid.
The Independent Current Party won 10 out of 12 contested seats in March, but the Muslim Brotherhood still holds the majority of assembly seats, said Ebeid.
Last December, the Independent Current ousted the Muslim Brotherhood from the majority of seats in the Doctors’ Syndicate, a body long-controlled by the Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood was officially designated as a terrorist group on 25 December. Their members have been subject to arrests and detainment while staging protests.