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Jordan votes in historic elections

Published 23/01/2013 | 08:25

Members of the Jordanian Independent Electoral Commission check boxes of ballots to be distributed to the polling stations (AP)
Members of the Jordanian Independent Electoral Commission check boxes of ballots to be distributed to the polling stations (AP)

Jordanians have started voting in parliamentary elections touted as the start of a democratisation process that will see the king hand over considerable powers to the newly chosen legislature.

Polling stations opened at 7am local time on Wednesday but voting began later because of computer problems, according to Abdul-Illah Khatib, head of the Independent Electoral Commission.

He says at least 125,000 Jordanians, or 5% of the 2.3 million who registered to vote, cast ballots in the first two hours of voting.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Jordan's largest opposition group, is boycotting the polls in protest against an electoral law it says favours pro-king loyalists. Four other smaller leftist parties are also staying away.

Press Association

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