Muslim Brotherhood's political arm to compete in Jordan vote

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The political arm of Jordan's original Muslim Brotherhood has announced it is taking part in parliament elections Sept. 20, after boycotting the two previous ballots in 2010 and 2013.

Spokesman Murad Adayleh says the Islamic Action Front's leadership voted overwhelmingly late Saturday to compete in the elections. He says the IAF, the most organized opposition group in Jordan, will look for partnerships to improve its chances.

The Muslim Brotherhood in the kingdom started out as a branch of a region-wide movement, but suffered a series of splits.

The Muslim Brotherhood was declared illegal — though its political arm was not — after a group of defectors registered a new Muslim Brotherhood Society as a Jordanian entity. Two other factions have also broken away, with plans to establish political parties.