Jordan`s Muslim Brotherhood threaten poll boycott

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 4, 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."

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 10:56

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