Jordan’s Parliamentary Race Unlikely to Change Political System, Nor Will It Bolster Opposition

Middle East

Jordan’s Islamic Action Front, a party close to the Muslim Brotherhood deemed a terrorist movement by several states, took part in the country’s parliamentary elections held on Tuesday. But Israel’s former diplomat to the kingdom says the group is unlikely to make any significant grabs.

Votes are currently being counted in Jordan after it held its parliamentary elections on Tuesday where more than 1,700 contenders are competing for one of the 130 places in its chamber. 

Apathy caused by the dire economic situation and the raging coronavirus kept many Jordanians at home, with authorities reporting a turnout of less than 30 percent, the lowest in recent years.

System Won’t Change

But even when the votes are counted and the results are announced, the elections are not set to change the present system of rule by tribal and pro-governmental factions. 

Nor are they expected to bolster Jordan’s opposition, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), a party linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and deemed a terrorist organisation by several Arab states. 

That, however, doesn’t prevent the IAF from trying its luck. In September, when the Jordanian parliament was dissolved, the party announced it would run in the forthcoming elections, effectively ending its boycott of parliamentary races.

Their agenda is straightforward. Apart from striving to see Sharia law become more dominant in Jordan, they are also supportive of the…

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