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This extended period of grave internal disputes – personal, intellectual and ethnic – finally culminated in a group of key leaders breaking away to form the Jordanian Building Initiative, an organization that aspires to be a political party unassociated with the Brotherhood.This is all too similar to the standard, timeworn slogans adopted by the Jordanian Brotherhood for years.The founders of Zamzam said that of their 500 members, 20 percent came from within the Brotherhood and projected their membership to grow rapidly in the near future – likely from independents. The founders, most prominently the two moderate leaders Rheil Gharaibeh and Nabil Kofahi, emphasized that their initiative did not comprise a complete break with the Brotherhood. The Zamzam founders say that they are trying to break down the duopoly of the regime versus the Brotherhood, which has dominated both local and regional politics, and create a third way toward achieving political reform in a country exhausted by economic crises. This suggests that the regime wants to portray Zamzam as an alternative to the Brotherhood, which it claims is splintering and weakening.Zamzam's ability to draw popular support away from the Brotherhood appears limited, given the Brotherhood's still-potent cohesion (despite the occasional departures of former leading figures).
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