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Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood Boycotts Country’s Parliamentary Elections

The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood is boycotting the country’s parliamentary elections, being held today, and has instead launched protests against the vote. Amman has dismissed the demonstrations, with Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur insisting that “the elections are clean” and that Jordan “will not come to a halt,” but the Brotherhood’s refusal to participate is nonetheless likely to undermine the legitimacy of the balloting results. Islamist protests in Jordan have recently expanded to include criticism of King Abdullah II, a topic rarely broached in Jordan and one which signals that the Muslim Brotherhood may be targeting Jordan’s entire political hierarchy in an effort to import the Arab Spring into Jordan.

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