Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood group picks hardliner as new leader

Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood says it has elected Hammam Saeed, a hardline Islamist, to replace the group's moderate leader. Brotherhood spokesman Jamil Abu-Bakr says Friday's election of Saeed, a former Parliament member, came after two days of voting by top Brotherhood figures. Saeed replaces Salem al-Falahat, who also contested the election, as head of kingdom's largest opposition group. Saeed is a harsh critic of government policies and seeks to impose the Islamic Sharia law in this traditional Arab country whose monarch pursues a modern image and social and economic reforms. Saeed has repeatedly called for cutting ties with Israel. The Brotherhood also chose moderate Abdul-Latif Arabiyat as president of the group's 51-member legislative body, the Shura Council.