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Polls boycotted by Islamists open in Jordan parliament election

Published on Jan 23, 2013 12:25 PM
 

AMMAN (AFP) - Polling stations in Jordan opened today in a vote boycotted by Islamists behind strident pro-reform protests who have already labelled as illegitimate what is expected to be an opposition-free parliament.

Analysts say tribal leaders and other pro-regime figures, along with independent businessmen, are expected to sweep the polls in the country of 6.8 million people.

The powerful Muslim Brotherhood and the National Reform Front of former premier and intelligence chief Ahmad Obeidat are staying away from the polls, which opened for 12 hours from 7am (0400 GMT).

Around 2.3 million Jordanians are eligible to vote at 1,484 polling stations, choosing from 1,425 candidates including around 140 former MPs and 191 women, vying for a four-year term in the 150-seat lower house of parliament.

 
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