Loyalists of Jordan’s King Abdullah Dominate New AssemblyMohammad Tayseer
Loyalists of Jordan’s King Abdullah II dominate the newly elected lower house of parliament, according to final results announced by the Independent Elections Commission today.
The 150-seat lower house includes 30 members of the previous parliament and about 70 lawmakers who are tribal leaders, historically known for their loyalty to the royal family. It also includes two members arrested before the Jan. 23 elections on charges of vote-buying.
Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest opposition group, which boycotted the elections in protest at the electoral law, which it says favors the king’s supporters.
Despite that, turnout rose to 57 percent of voters from 53 percent in 2010, the commission said.
Zaki Bani Irsheid, the Brotherhood’s deputy leader, dismissed today’s results, saying in an interview “the current lower house is similar to the previous, inefficient one.
‘‘It lacks true opposition,’’ Bani Irsheid said in a telephone interview today.
Riots erupted in some parts of Jordan last week after the turnout data was released, the state-run Petra news agency reported. In Irbid, protesters blocked the main highway that connects the city with Al Huson.