Jordan Brotherhood faces internal reform calls

[02-10-2014 01:03 PM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - A group of leading Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood members on Wednesday threatened to stop paying their monthly dues to the movement until it carried out a number of internal reforms.

The members, who belong to the movement's "Higher Internal Reform Committee," said the move was the second escalatory measure recommended by a reform conference held in September.

"Measures include refraining from paying dues, boycotting public activities, and boycotting the Muslim Brotherhood's executive office," they said in a statement.

Reformist members demand the resignation of executive office members, the elimination of what they call "crisis elements" and the amendment of the group's internal bylaws.

In their Wednesday statement, they said that other measures recommended by the September reform conference had included an organizational sit-in and another sit-in outside to be held outside the group's general headquarters.

Brotherhood members must pay 3 percent of their income in dues to the movement each month. Those who do not pay their dues do not have the right to participate in the group's internal elections.

One reform committee member said he and his liked-minded colleagues had already begun implementing the reform conference's recommendations.

"We will also start civil disobedience and a sit-in two months from now," Abdel-MaguidZunaibat told AA. "We will see whether the group's leadership responds to our demands for reform."

Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood deputy leader Zaki Bani Arshid, for his part, welcomed the moves by the reformers.

"It is up to whoever when to stage a rebellion," Bani Arshid said. "The movement is open for everybody."

*World Bulletin

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