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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Low Turnout in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordanians drove to polling stations in buses and walked with umbrellas under a steady drizzle to vote Tuesday for a new parliament that is expected to be dominated by tribal leaders loyal to King Hussein.


The fundamentalist Islamic Action Front is boycotting the election to protest government policies, including its 1994 peace treaty with Israel.


Under the constitution, the king appoints a government, regardless of the largest party in parliament. As part of his sweeping powers, the king also can veto parliamentary bills and dissolve parliament and rule by decree.


Low voter turnout could indicate support for the Islamic Action Front and apathy about the government's failure to solve poverty and unemployment.