Jordan's parliament took legal measures on Monday to disqualify the Muslim Brotherhood's political party, the country's largest opposition movement, DPA reported.
In a Lower House session, 46 out of 83 Jordanian lawmakers voted to add an item in the country's draft political parties law forbidding the establishment of any political party on a "religious basis."
The measure would disqualify the Islamic Action Front - the political branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and the country's largest political party - from taking part in upcoming parliamentary elections.
Islamists claim the amendment comes as "retaliation" for the Muslim Brotherhood's opposition to a proposed elections law observers say ensures the continued dominance of tribal regime loyalists over the legislative chamber.
"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 and political life in general," Zaki Bani Rsheid, head of the IAF's politibureau, told dpa.
"We believe all Jordanian citizens - not only Islamists - should have the right to form a political party without conditions," he added.THE PARLIAMENT IS ACTING IRONICALLY BUT CORRECTLY:
IF THEY WANT TO HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY AND REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, THEN THEY CAN'T ALLOW THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TO BE A POLITICAL PARTY.
OBAMA OPPOSED THE BAN IN EGYPT AND SUPPORTED THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD THERE - AND TOOK ACTIVE STEPS TO HELP THEM.
WILL HE DO THE SAME FOR THE JORDAN BRANCH?