Jordan elections voters line up.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
AMMAN, Jordan — Official preliminary election results show ex-lawmakers
and Cabinet ministers sweeping a third of Jordan's new 120-seat
parliament in an election marred by unrest and an Islamist opposition
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Jordan's election commission released the figures Wednesday. A full official tally was expected later in the day.
The preliminary results from Tuesday's vote show 34 former deputies,
including at least 20 Cabinet officials and ex-Prime Minister Faisal
al-Fayez, won seats.
At least 74 progressive politicians and businessmen new to Jordanian
politics also earned a spot in parliament. Many of those winners
appeared to be government loyalists.
The election is the fourth under King Abdullah II, a key US ally who
ascended to the throne in 1999 vowing to transform his desert Arab
kingdom into a model democracy in the Muslim world.