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Will Jordan's Brotherhood make breakthrough in upcoming elections?

Four Islamist parties will be competing in Jordanian legislative elections, including the Muslim Brotherhood and its splinter movements.
Zaki Bani Ersheid (C), deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Brotherhood, is received by supporters after his release from prison in Amman, Jordan, January 4, 2016. Jordan released Bani Ersheid after he served over two-thirds of his 18-month prison term for criticizing the United Arab Emirates. REUTERS/Majed Jaber - RTX20YKA
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These days, one dominant question has Amman’s political salons buzzing: How will Islamists fare in the upcoming legislative elections? There is a very good reason for this.

The elections scheduled for Sept. 20 will see four Islamist parties and alliances competing for places in the 130-seat Lower House. All eyes, including those of the government, will be fixed on the performance of one particular group — the long-established, unlicensed Muslim Brotherhood Group (MBG), which has decided to contest the elections after boycotting the last two, in 2013 and 2010. The group had sat out the previous elections because it opposed the single-vote system and to protest alleged government meddling in the results of elections in 2007.

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