Jordan's IAF Freezes Membership of Member for Joining Cabinet

Published June 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Jordan's Islamic Action Front (IAF) has frozen the membership of a senior official who recently accepted a government ministry and referred his case to its internal court for a decision, a spokesman for the IAF said Sunday. 

The measures against Abdel-Rahim Okour were taken late Saturday by the IAF's decision-making executive bureau because he joined the newly formed government of Prime Minister Ali Abu Ragheb without party leave. 

The spokesman told AFP the final verdict on whether to sack Okour from the Islamic front will be taken by the group's internal court. 

The IAF is the political wing of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition group. 

Akour, a member of the IAF consultative council, accepted the post of municipal affairs and environment minister in the new government, which was sworn in June 19th. 

IAF secretary general, Abdel-Latif Arabeyat said then that Okour would face sanctions because he did not seek a green light from the party and criticized Abu Ragheb for failing to consult with the IAF on Akour's appointment. 

The Muslim Brotherhood also said last week that Okour's decision was in contradiction with the movement's policies and would be dealt with "according to its internal regulations." 

The IAF and the Muslim Brotherhood have not been in the government since 1990 and boycotted the 1997 legislative elections. 

Both groups are staunchly opposed to any links with Israel, with which Jordan has a peace treaty since 1994 - AMMAN (AFP) 

 

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