19-01-2020 01:30 PM Jerusalem Timing

King Loyalists, Independents Dominate Jordan Boycotted Elections

King Loyalists, Independents Dominate Jordan Boycotted Elections

Results from Jordan parliamentary elections said that tribal coalitions close to King Abdullah and independents won around 90 percent of the seats in the lower house.

Results from Jordan parliamentary elections said that tribal coalitions close to King Abdullah and independents won around 90 percent of the seats in the lower house.Jordan elections 2013

Jordan's Independent Election Commission released preliminary results on Thursday for the country's election, pointing to clear dominance for candidates favoring the royal family.

The election commission put Wednesday's turnout at 56.5 percent of the some 2.2 million eligible voters, a higher figure than previously expected but one denounced as fraudulent by the opposition.
The election had been billed by King Abdullah as a key part of the reforms package that he introduced as the so-called Arab Spring gripped the Middle East from 2011.

"Today's results and transparency marks a news beginning for Jordan's political development," said Samih Maaytah, Jordanian government spokesman and minister of media affairs.

The initial results pointed to a combination of tribal leaders, pro-government candidates and independents securing around 90 percent of the 150 seats available in the lower house of parliament.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Jordan's largest single political body, had boycotted the election, along with several other political groups. The Brotherhood said on Thursday that it estimated turnout at around 25 percent and said there had been electoral fraud and vote-buying.

"The turnout does not make any sense. They could have done a better job to make people believe," Zaki Bani Rshied, deputy leader of the Brotherhood, told the AFP news agency.

"We have closely monitored the electoral process. Vote buying and fake voter cards were very clear. We will prove that our boycott was the right decision," Rshied said.