Global media are reporting that the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood has been dissolved by the country’s highest court. According to an Al-Monitor report:
Jul 16, 2020 Jordan’s highest court has dissolved its branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, an official told Agence France-Presse (AFP), saying the organization had failed to resolve its legal status in the country. “The Court of Cassation yesterday issued a final verdict ruling that the Muslim Brotherhood group is dissolved … for failing to rectify its legal status under Jordanian law,” the official said, requesting anonymity. Since its founding in Egypt in 1928, the Islamist umbrella movement has grown to include various offshoots and millions of members throughout the Arab world. The Brotherhood is branded as a terrorist organization in Egypt and is banned in several other countries. The organization had operated legally in Jordan since the 1940s. The group’s political wing, the Islamic Action Front, is the country’s largest opposition group. In 2015, a more moderate branch formerly split off and named itself the Muslim Brotherhood Society.
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Presumably, but not confirmed, the decision also includes the Brotherhood’s political arm in Jordan known as the Islamic Action Front. One Arab media report says the move brings Jordan into line with Saudi Arabia and the UAE who in recent years have become staunch opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The GMBDW last reported on the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood in August 2017 when the group scored unexpected gains in local elections. Other GMBDW reporting on the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has included:
- In October 2016 we reported that the Jordanian Brotherhood had returned to the country’s parliament after deciding to play down the role of religion in the party’s platform.
- In April 2016, we reported that police in Jordan had shut down the headquarters of the Jordanian Brotherhood in the capital Amman.
- In February 2016, we reported that the Jordanian Brotherhood had allegedly ended its official affiliation with the Egyptian organization.
- In December 2015, we reported that key members of the Jordanian Brotherhood had resigned in the ongoing dispute between rival factions of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.
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.