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Jordan threatens Brotherhood anniversary celebration

Jordan’s interior ministry threatened on Monday that it will take all necessary measures to maintain law and order if any individual or group does not respect Jordanian law, Anadolu news agency has reported. The statement was made with reference to the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan to hold its 70th anniversary celebration in Amman next month.

The ministry stressed the need for all parties to respect the law when planning or being involved in any activity or celebration. The official statement hinted that the government does not recognise the group when it referred to some media reports about the “so-called Muslim Brotherhood” and its plans. The movement’s spokesman, Moath Al-Khawaldeh, insisted that the celebration will go ahead as planned on 1 May. He pointed out that ever since its inception the Muslim Brotherhood has worked within the terms of the Jordanian constitution and law.

The group’s former Comptroller-General, Abdul Majid Thunaibat, told Anadolu on 1 March that the government in Amman had approved his request to correct the group’s legal status by separating the Jordanian branch from the original organisation in Egypt. Since then, the Brotherhood’s relationship with the Jordanian government has been tense. The movement regards Thunaibat’s request to the government as “a coup” against the Brotherhood’s “legitimacy and leadership.”

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