Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan cuts ties to parent movement in Egypt

Friday 12/02/2016
From crisis to crisis

AMMAN – A spokesman from the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, Moath Khawaldeh, said Monday that the core group in his country had decided last week to change its bylaws and cut ties with the parent movement in Egypt, as part of reform efforts ahead of internal elections next month.

Some defectors from the movement described the move as “too late”.

A veteran member of the group and spokesperson for its political arm, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), Murad Adaileh said that the group adopted on Thursday an amended definition of the movement, removing “affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo” from its by-law.

Adaileh said that the amendment was proposed three years ago and was under discussion, arguing that it has “no relation with the recent crisis” of the Brotherhood, which has seen hundreds defecting from the largest opposition group.

However, Adaileh insisted that the amendment to the law would not change the entity’s position towards several issues, without further elaboration of these issues.

The decision is the latest setback for the wider Brotherhood, once seen as the main political beneficiary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, but hit hard in recent years by government crackdowns.

Egypt was briefly ruled by an elected president who hailed from the Brotherhood. The military overthrew him in 2013, and the group is now outlawed.

The Jordanian branch has undergone several splits in recent years, with breakaway groups emphasizing a domestic agenda.