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Islamists gear up for elections in Jordan amid widespread voter apathy

The Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, reverses its decision to boycott parliamentary elections.
Jordan's Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz gives a press conference in the southern port city of Aqaba on July 23, 2019, discussing projects in the area including an underwater military museum. (Photo by Khalil MAZRAAWI / AFP)        (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP via Getty Images)

Jordan’s King Abdullah put an end to speculations concerning giving an extension to parliament, whose four-year term has expired, when he issued a decree dissolving the legislature on Sept. 27, thus confirming that general elections will be held on Nov. 10 as planned. Accordingly and following the constitution, the government of Omar Razzaz must resign within days and a new prime minister will be named.

A week before, on Sept. 21, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood — the Islamic Action Front (IAF) — announced that it had decided to contest the November elections. The decision was adopted after lengthy internal debates following a series of legal and political setbacks the movement had sustained this summer. On July 16, Jordan’s Court of Cassation, the country’s highest court, ruled that the Muslim Brotherhood is dissolved by law and no longer has legal status, for failing to correct its status in compliance with Jordanian laws. The ruling, which could be appealed, was the culmination of years of legal battles where lower courts had recognized the group’s status and restored access to their assets.

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