Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Leader In Exile Disavows Jordanian Brotherhood Splinter Group

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The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood website is reporting that a Muslim Brotherhood leader in exile has issued a statement disavowing a Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood splinter group. The statement begins:

March 11, 2015 Muslim Brotherhood leader in London, Ibrahim Munir, said that the splinter group headed by Abdul-Majid Thunaibat, which reinstated his as ‘Comptroller-General of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan’, did not listen to advice, and that it severed its relationship with the Brotherhood.

‘We recognize only Dr. Hammam Saeed as Comptroller-General of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. The Kingdom’s Brothers are able to overcome the crisis.’

Last Friday, Muslim Brotherhood leaders recently excluded from the main group announced they reinstated Abdul-Majid Thunaibat as Comptroller-General of their splinter group, after what it said was ‘correction of legal status’ by the Jordanian government – as revealed last week by Thunaibat.

Ibrahim Munir said: ‘The splinter-group headed by Thunaibat failed to listen to our advice… We gave advice to both parties. But the splinter-group headed by Thunaibat did not respond… That faction (Thunaibat’s group) has also cut off contact with us’.

Earlier on Tuesday, an official source in the Muslim Brotherhood said: ‘There are attempts by Brotherhood leaders, headed by Ibrahim Munir, to contain the situation in Jordan, to address the current crisis, and reconcile the parties’, without giving further details.

Commenting on the issue, Munir said: ‘We only recognize the General Shura (consultative) Council of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, the group’s Comptroller-General Dr. Hammam Saeed, and his legitimate Executive Board, as officially elected by all members of the Brotherhood’.

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The GMBDW reported last week that the Jordanian government will re-designate a Jordanian  Muslim Brotherhood splinter group known as the “Zamzam Initiative” as independent from the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood parent organization.

In March 2014, the GMBDW discussed an article in a UAE newspaper suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan was facing an increasingly deteriorating situation and in July 2103, Jordanian media reported that the Jordanian Brotherhood was “in shock” over the deposition of Egyptian. Other recent developments of interest have included:

  • In April 2014, the GMBDW reported that that the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood had expelled three senior members for trying to initiate reforms.
  • In June 2014, we discussed an article that revealed internal conflicts within the Jordanian Brotherhood.Muslim Brotherhood.
  • In December 2014, we reported that the Jordanian government had arrested 21 Muslim Brotherhood members accused of smuggling weapons and money into the West Bank.
  • In February we reported that the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan had been sentenced to 18 months in prison for publicly criticizing the UAE.

For a history of extremist statements made in the past by the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, go here.

For an analysis of the relationship between the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and the government, go here.

For a profile on Ibrahim Munir, go here

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