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Seven resign from Islamic Action Front, join new Muslim Brotherhood Society

By Mohammad Ghazal - Nov 28,2015 - Last updated at Nov 28,2015

AMMAN — Seven members of the Islamic Action Front (IAF) resigned Saturday after joining the recently formed Muslim Brotherhood Society.

The latest resignations increased to 14 the overall number of IAF members who have resigned and joined the new Muslim Brotherhood Society, which was founded by a group of “reformers” led by Abdul Majeed Thneibat. 

The reformers re-registered the movement as a Jordanian society and severed its affiliation with the mother group in Egypt. 

“Every few months some members announce their resignation from the IAF through media outlets and they join the newly formed movement,” said Murad Adayleh, spokesperson of the IAF, the political wing of the old Muslim Brotherhood group, which is not legally registered with local authorities.

“It seems the members joining the new group are just seeking media attention. They resign in small waves of seven people each time. We expect more to resign, as this is part of their efforts to generate media buzz,” Adayleh told The Jordan Times.

The resignations, he said, will not affect the IAF or its performance.

“The IAF’s membership rose by about 20 per cent this year alone. Its popularity is on the rise and these resignations will not affect us at all,” Adayleh added.

He said the number of IAF branches across the country rose from 25 to 34 this year.

In June, the new society sent a “legal notification” to the old group asking it to hand over all belongings to the “legitimate” society, but no response has yet been received.

The unlicensed movement has repeatedly charged that the establishment of the new Muslim Brotherhood Society is a “government conspiracy” against the Islamists, but authorities have said it is merely an “organisational” issue.

Members of the newly licensed society are planning to join a political party the National Initiative for Building, “Zamzam”, plans to establish soon, the society’s spokesperson said earlier this month.

 

Jamil Dheisat told The Jordan Times that the group does not plan to establish a political party but will join the party planned by Zamzam, adding that the society, and other political figures and organisations will support the initiative to set up a national political party.

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