Jordan: Pro-government candidates win election

Published November 10th, 2010 - 09:30 GMT

Pro-government candidates won Jordan's election, initial results indicated on Wednesday as only one of seven Islamist candidates who registered as independents, defying a boycott by the opposition Islamic Action Front (IAF), won a seat in the lower house of parliament in Tuesday's poll.

Ahmad Qudah was elected in Ajlun, north of the capital, with more than 6,000 votes, AFP reported.

The election day was marred by violence as a 25-year-old man shot dead and two others hurt in clashes between rival supporters in the southern city of Karak, police said. Clashes also broke out in different parts of the kingdom, including Amman.

The new lower house will boast 13 women MPs.

The government has announced a 53-percent turnout but the opposition claims the actual turnout was not more than 30 percent.


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