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    » 04/17/2012, 00.00

    JORDAN

    Jordan's parliament bans the Muslim Brotherhood's party



    Under the country's proposed political parties law, parties based on religion and ethnicity are banned. The Islamic Action Front, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood's and the main opposition party, will thus be excluded from the next parliamentary elections.

    Amman (AsiaNews/ Agencies) - The Jordanian parliament has banned the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the country's main opposition party, which is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. In the lower house, 46 out of 83 members yesterday voted to outlaw any political party based on religion or ethnicity. Now the vote goes to the upper house for final approval. Effectively, this means that the IAF will not be able to take part in next parliamentary elections.

    For the leaders of the Islamist movement, the government is trying to silence the opposition to ensure the continued dominance of tribal groups loyal to the regime.

    "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," Zaki Bani Rsheid, head of the IAF's politburo, said.

    "We believe all Jordanian citizens-not only Islamists-should have the right to form a political party without conditions," he added.

    The proposal was made by Mamdouh Abbadi, deputy speaker of the lower house, and is part of a draft political parties bill presented to parliament in response to last year's Arab spring protests by pro-democracy parties and later embraced by the Islamist opposition.

    Starting on14 January 2011, people began protesting against poverty, youth unemployment and corruption with demonstrations continuing until the present.

    Faced with the emergency, King Abdullah II changed prime minister twice. Then Prime Minister Samir Rifai resigned in February 2011 after two weeks of protests amidst accusations of corruption. His successor, Marouf Bakhit, who held office in 2005, quit on 17 October 2011 also because of corruption charges.

    Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh, a judge and former vice president of the International Court of Justice, is the current prime minister.

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    15/11/2007 JORDAN
    Jordanians getting ready to vote amid accusations of electoral fraud and fears of fundamentalism
    General elections are scheduled for November 20. Opposition groups accuse the government of trying to manipulate results. The political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood will not boycott the poll, but will run only 22 candidates for the 110 seats up for grabs.

    14/11/2012 JORDAN
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    More than 2,000 people are demonstrating in the capital against the end of fuel subsidies. Other protests are held in other cities. Demonstrators want the government to stop the increase in gas, diesel and kerosene prices, by more than 30 per cent in some cases. Jordanian priest slams Muslim Brotherhood for trying to instigate an Egypt-style revolution.

    30/05/2008 JORDAN
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    The secretary general of the main opposition party warns “that in the coming days there will be an explosion, a very big explosion, and nobody can predict its repercussions and/or results.”

    10/11/2011 EGYPT
    Shenouda III urges Copts to vote en masse for moderate Muslims if need be
    The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church stresses the importance of Christians for the country’s stability and future. Citizenship committees are being organised at the parish level to push Christians to become engaged in politics. Experts warn against a new military regime in Egypt, look favourably to the Tunisian model.



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