Cleric calls for murder in criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt’s interior minister has upped security for leaders of the political opposition in the country after religious hardliners issued fatwas calling for their murder. A video clip from the religious al-Hafez channel shows Muslim cleric Mahmoud Shabaan calling for former IAEA head Mohamed El Baradei and former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi to be killed for criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood-linked government. Major Egyptian urban centers have recently been convulsed by opposition riots. The assassination of an opposition leader in the current political climate would be a recipe for severe and long-term destabilization.