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Jordanian parliament moves to ban Muslim Brotherhood party (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By DPA 04/17/12) Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/jordanian-parliament-moves-to-ban-muslim-brotherhood-party-1.424731
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Jordan´s parliament took legal measures on Monday to disqualify the Muslim Brotherhood´s political party, the country´s largest opposition movement.
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In a Lower House session, 46 out of 83 Jordanian lawmakers voted to add an item in the country´s draft political parties law forbidding the establishment of any political party on a "religious basis."
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The measure would disqualify the Islamic Action Front - the political branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and the country´s largest political party - from taking part in upcoming parliamentary elections.
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Islamists claim the amendment comes as "retaliation" for the Muslim Brotherhood´s opposition to a proposed elections law observers say ensures the continued dominance of tribal regime loyalists over the legislative chamber.
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"This is only the latest in a series of measures by deputies to limit the influence of political parties and any dissenting views in parliament and political life in general," Zaki Bani Rsheid, head of the IAF´s politibureau, told DPA.
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"We believe all Jordanian citizens - not only Islamists - should have the right to form a political party without conditions," he added.
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Bani Rsheid vowed that Islamists would fight the legislation, which lawmakers are expected to approve on Tuesday, "with all legal and political means available."
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The country´s political parties law, which along with the elections law has been highlighted by Jordan´s King Abdullah II as key to the country´s reform process, also bans the establishment of parties on an "ethnic or sectarian basis." (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/17/12)
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