Elections in Jordan: 'The System Is Corrupt'
The Islamic Action Front, the political wing of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, boycotted last week's parliamentary elections in protest at what it sees as a rigged electoral system. SPIEGEL talked to party member Dima Tahboub about the country's political future.
SPIEGEL: Why did your party, the Islamic Action Front, boycott the recent parliamentary elections?
SPIEGEL: Despite the boycott, voter turnout was reported to be 56 percent. Do you regret your decision?
Tahboub: We don't believe turnout was that high. The system is corrupt. Many votes were simply bought.
SPIEGEL: Independent Islamists and opposition members will also be represented in the new parliament. Isn't that progress?
SPIEGEL: There are some in Jordan calling for the abolition of the monarchy. Are you among them?
Tahboub: No. As an Islamic movement, we want to see fundamental, fair reform under the auspices of the Hashemite royal family. Jordan is not ready to be a republic, but it needs a real constitutional monarchy. We do not want a violent overthrow.
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