Jordanians vote for new parliament

November 20, 2007 10:59


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Jordanians headed to the polls Tuesday to elect their second parliament under reformist King Abdullah II, amid apathy toward Islamist politicians and skepticism that the legislature will help create needed jobs or alleviate growing poverty. Tribal, centrist and pro-government politicians are expected to sweep the polls in these parliamentary elections, which the government has touted as a vital step toward homegrown democracy in the pro-American kingdom. But voter apathy and disillusionment are rampant, and there were no crowds outside polling stations as they opened at 7 a.m. "I'm not voting for anyone because they're all liars - Islamists and all the others," said Amman grocer Saeed Jalad, 52. "They just want to grab seats in parliament and will (later) forget about us and our needs."

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