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Jordan`s Islamists say they will boycott elections

Last Updated: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 16:48

Amman: A spokesman for Jordan`s powerful Muslim Brotherhood says his group will boycott the upcoming Parliamentary Elections in protest over recent changes in the kingdom`s election legislation.

A boycott would be a blow to King Abdullah, who has made reforms the centrepiece of his campaign to stave off Arab Spring-like protests in Jordan.

Brotherhood spokesman Jamil Abu-Bakr said today that the movement Jordan`s largest opposition group may reverse its decision if the government "makes serious and real efforts toward reforms”.

The elections are expected at the end of the year. The main dispute is over a new election law, which allows each voter two separate ballots one for representatives from local districts in this traditionally tribal society, the other for one of 27 candidates on a national list.


First Published: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 16:48

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