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Jordan’s Judiciary Dissolves Muslim Brotherhood

Jordan’s Judiciary Dissolves Muslim Brotherhood

Thursday, 16 July, 2020 - 09:30
FILE PHOTO: A general view shows a closed-down part of Al-Nasr area, amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Amman, Jordan, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Jordan's top court has dissolved the country's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, an official said Thursday, citing the group's failure to "rectify its legal status".

"The Court of Cassation yesterday (Wednesday) issued a final verdict ruling that the Muslim Brotherhood group is dissolved and has lost its legal status, for failing to rectify its legal status under Jordanian law," the official said, requesting anonymity.

Since 2014, Jordanian authorities have considered the group illegal, arguing its licence was not renewed under a 2014 law on political parties.

It continued to operate, but its relations with the Jordanian state deteriorated further from 2015 when the government authorized an offshoot group, the Muslim Brotherhood Association, AFP said.

Sheikh Hamza Mansur, head of the organisation's ruling council, said the group would appeal against Wednesday's ruling.

"The Muslim Brotherhood ... is a model of moderation and an important element in strengthening national unity, so dissolving it is not in the national interest," told AFP.

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