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Muslim Brotherhood eyes Jordan election gains

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>> Jordan going to the polls on Tuesday, amid widespread discontent over a migrant crisis and ailing economy. After boycotting the last two elections, Islamists parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood are back in the fray. Reuters reporter, Suleiman Al Halidi, is in Aman.>> Now, after a tough crackdown and trying to regain influence, and a voice within the main political mainstream.
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They might only garnered 20% of the votes and they won't be able to block legislation but regardless of that, the presence in the assembly would act as an opposition voice.>> The brotherhood wants sweeping political reforms but stop short of demanding the end of the monarchy. It operates under heavy restrictions, with many of its offices shut down.
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The authorities also encouraging a splinter movement to challenge the main party. Now, turnout will be closely watched, with many Jordanians holding a low view of parliament.>> Most candidates are using their tribal and family influence to gain seats. Even regional politics has also been pushed off the agenda.
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People, this widespread disaffection with economic policies, and that could translate into voter apathy.>> Over 1,000 candidates battling for Jordan's 130 seats. 15 of those spots reserved for women, though Western donors say, Jordan should do more to widen representation. Aman says, holding elections at all makes it a beacon of democracy in the region.