Factbox-Egypt keeps former powerhouse Muslim Brotherhood out of politics

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(Reuters) – After years of sweeping crackdowns on dissent, Egypt is set to launch a political dialogue, but the once-powerful and now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood is excluded. Long viewed as the most influential Islamist movement in the Middle East, the Brotherhood rose to power in Egypt’s first modern free election in 2012, a year after veteran President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising. But the Brotherhood’s success, which followed decades of confrontation with its old adversary the state, was shortlived. In 2013, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, then armed forces chief and now president,…

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