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Jordan’s election: Democracy is still far off | The Economist

RESULTS from November 9th elections to Jordan’s lower house of parliament proved much as expected. Pro-government loyalists, mostly unaffiliated with parties and many backed instead by their tribes, captured a handy majority of the 120 seats. Thirteen of the new deputies are women, one more than was allotted in any case by a reserved quota, and 78 of them are newcomers, a high proportion for Jordan’s typically staid politics. But the key number from the poll was the 53% voter participation rate claimed by the government, just enough to make the outcome credible, despite a boycott by Jordan’s largest political party, the Islamic Action Front, which is affiliated to the global Muslim Brotherhood.

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