Jordanian parliament moves to ban Muslim Brotherhood party (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By DPA 04/17/12)
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Jordan´s parliament took legal measures on Monday to disqualify the
Muslim Brotherhood´s political party, the country´s largest
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."
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.
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
"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.
"We believe all Jordanian citizens - not only Islamists - should have
the right to form a political party without conditions," he added.
Bani Rsheid vowed that Islamists would fight the legislation, which
lawmakers are expected to approve on Tuesday, "with all legal and
political means available."
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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