Jordan votes in poll boycotted by Islamists

January 23, 2013 04:50


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AMMAN - Jordanians vote on Wednesday in parliamentary elections boycotted by the Muslim Brotherhood which says the electoral system is rigged in favor of rural tribal areas and against the urban poor.

In the kingdom's first general election since the Arab spring brought once-marginalized Islamists to power in several countries in the region, the government has promised free and fair polls and predicted a good turnout, despite the boycott.

"There are not two people in Jordan who are whispering that the government will interfere in the elections," Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour told Reuters this week.

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