ASIA/JORDAN - Parliamentary elections, Islamist forces back in Parliament

Thursday, 22 September 2016 politics   elections   islam

Amman (Agenzia Fides) - The counting of the votes of the Jordanian parliamentary elections, held on Tuesday, September 20, still continues. But the first partial results, relating to 11 out of 23 districts, portend the return of Islamist political forces to Parliament, which had boycotted the elections in 2010 and 2013. According to the forecast released by the national press, the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood (Islamist organization currently considered illegal in the Hashemite Kingdom) should get 15 to 20 seats of the 130 that will form the new Parliament.
The elections were held without major incidents throughout the Kingdom. About 1.5 million Jordanian citizens went to vote. The vast majority of seats should still be assigned to businessmen and to candidates of tribes loyal to the monarchy. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 22/09/2016)