Jordan votes in election tipped to see Islamist return

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AMMAN: Jordanians voted on Tuesday in an election that could see opposition Islamists re-emerge as a major parliamentary force in the key Western ally. The focus will be on turnout and the performance of the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood. Experts expect the party to clinch around 20 seats in the 130-seat parliament, which would make it the largest opposition force. The vote comes as Jordan wrestles with the spillover of wars in neighboring Syria and Iraq and the burden of hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees. The kingdom is a member of the US-led coalition battling jihadists in both neighbouring countries and was the target of a June 21 suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group that killed seven border guards.

AFP

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