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Jordan's King Abdullah and Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman at the Northern Thunder military drill, Hafr al-Batin, Saudi Arabia, March 11, 2016 (Balkis Press photo via AP).

With Amendments and Muslim Brotherhood Curbs, Jordan Follows Saudi Lead

Monday, April 25, 2016

Earlier this month, Jordanian authorities shuttered the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Amman, capping several months of troubles for the Islamist group in the country. Its political arm, the Islamic Action Front, is Jordan’s main opposition party. The Brotherhood’s legal standing has been up in the air since last year, when it lost its official registration for failing to comply with new government regulations. But the group has also been split internally—both among its members in Jordan and over its affiliations with the embattled Egypt-based Brotherhood.

With the Islamist group banned outright in other Arab countries, Jordan’s closure of the Brotherhood headquarters looked in line with regional trends. As The New York Times reported, “government critics and members of the group saw the closing as a sign that the Jordanian government felt confident that it could join Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in cracking down on the Brotherhood, which has long operated legally in Jordan.” ...

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