Supporters of Zaki Bani Ersheid, No. 2 in the Jordanian branch of the Brotherhood, hold his photos of him outside the state security court in Amman, Feb. 15, 2015. (AP/Raad Adayleh)
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Jordan's authorization of a breakaway wing of the Muslim Brotherhood has sent tensions soaring between the decades-old organization and the government, accused of exploiting the rift to weaken the kingdom's main opposition force.Analysts say Jordan's recognition of the new group – known as the Muslim Brotherhood Association – risks fanning discontent among the traditional opposition power base at a time when the kingdom is battling jihadis in neighboring Iraq and Syria.Abu Romman warned that Jordan's acceptance of a new Brotherhood group risked the "radicalization" of existing Islamist outfits.The political arm of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Action Front, has long been tolerated by authorities in Amman and makes up the strongest opposition group in parliament.Jordan's acceptance of the new group contrasts markedly with recent harsher measures against the Brotherhood.
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