Jordan`s Muslim Brotherhood threaten poll boycott
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 10:56
Amman: Jordan's powerful Muslim Brotherhood may boycott this year's municipal elections if the government fails to deliver on promised democratic reforms, a group spokesman warned Tuesday, in a move likely to embarrass the government, which is touting the vote as part of its wider reform process.

Spokesman Jamil Abu-Bakr said the Muslim Brotherhood wants the government to fulfill its pledge that Cabinet members be elected by parliament and no longer be appointed by the king.

"We also want to see greater powers given to parliament," he said.

He said the threat to boycott the vote was agreed upon by the Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm, the Islamic Action Front, which is Jordan's most influential opposition party.

While Jordanians have not called for regime change as seen in uprisings in other Arab countries this year, there have been dozens of protests across the country to press for greater freedoms, including granting the elected parliament greater powers.

A new law was recently endorsed that allows for all of the capital city of Amman's council members to be elected, scrapping the previous system where half of Amman's council members were appointed by the king's Cabinet.

Abu-Bakr described the move to open all council seats to voting as "insufficient."


First Published: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 10:56

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