Jordan: Members of leading opposition group arrested
Jordanian security forces have detained three members of the country's mainstream Islamic party for engaging in "acts threatening national security," a senior official said on Tuesday.
The activists from the Islamic Action Front (IAF), which is the kingdom's strongest opposition group, were from the impoverished city of Zarqa, east of the capital, government spokesman Nasser Joudeh told reporters. "The Islamists were engaged in activities that targeted the security of Jordan and investigations are ongoing," he said.
Zaki Bani Rusheid, head of the IAF, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, told Reuters the activists were promoting the party's candidates ahead of next July's municipal elections. "The authorities want to undermine the Islamic movement and erode any electoral gains," Bani Rusheid told Reuters.