World

Jordan king’s critics gain in elections

AMMAN, Jordan — Thirty-seven Islamist and other government critics were victorious in parliamentary elections that were boycotted, injecting 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.

Advertisement

Loyalists of King Abdullah II, however, will remain in control of the new legislature, claiming a majority of the seats up for grabs in Wednesday’s parliamentary election — touted as the start of a democratization process that will see the monarch, a close US ally, gradually hand over some of his absolute powers to lawmakers.

The new Parliament will choose the prime minister and be responsible for running much of the country’s day to-day affairs.

Get Today's Headlines in your inbox:
The day's top stories delivered every morning.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

Foreign policy and security matters remain in the hands of Abdullah.

Associated Press

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com