AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The surprise victory of 37 Islamist and other
government critics despite an election boycott injects a degree of
dissent into Jordan's newly empowered parliament. The king has portrayed
the assembly as a centerpiece of his reform package, but the opposition
says it's not enough and vowed Thursday to stage more street protests.
Initial results released Thursday showed the Islamists — who are not
linked to the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood — and other opposition
figures winning more than 25 percent of the 150-seat parliament, in
sharp contrast to the outgoing legislature, which was almost entirely
composed of the king's supporters.
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