Jordan Muslim Brotherhood severs ties with regional parent group

Published February 16th, 2016 - 06:30 GMT
Muslim Brotherhood supporters are seen at a demonstration in Cairo on Jan. 24, 2014. (AFP/Mahmoud Khaled)
Muslim Brotherhood supporters are seen at a demonstration in Cairo on Jan. 24, 2014. (AFP/Mahmoud Khaled)

The Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood has officially ended its affiliation with the region-wide political Islamist movement based in Egypt, Associated Press reported.

Hit hard by government crackdowns in the fallout from the 2011 regional uprisings, this decision is the latest blow for the Muslim Brotherhood.

In Egypt, the group is now outlawed, after being briefly ruled by an elected president from the Brotherhood, who was overthrown in 2013.

Jordan's branch had undergone several changes in the last year, with splinter groups emphasizing a domestic agenda in Jordan.

Moath Khawaldeh, a spokesman, said the group decided late last week during a meeting of its Shura Council, to change its bylaws and end ties with the Egypt-based movement.

“Thursday, the Shura Council met and amended the basic law, disconnecting the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan from Egypt,” Khawaldeh said.

Jordanian analyst Ibrahim Gharaibeh told AP that the Jordanian group may have seen the parent movement as a liability. “This led to political concerns [for the group] in Jordan and the group’s ability to survive,” Gharaibeh said.

Disagreements within Jordan's brotherhood have focused on whether to participate in elections, reforms within the organization, and ties with Hamas in the Palestinian territories.


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