Jordanian killed, election results out

Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- One Jordanian was killed and three others injured just hours after the country held national elections to decide its next government, Jordanian police said.

Police said they are investigating the violence that occurred in Maan Wednesday night, where citizens were celebrating the election of a local candidate, The Jordan Times and Ammon News reported Thursday.

Initial election results announced by the Independent Elections Committee showed tribal leaders and businessmen won the majority of seats in Jordan's lower house of Parliament, al-Jazeera said.

Preliminary results show tribal coalitions and independent loyalists of King Abdullah won approximately 90 percent of the seats, Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster said.

No serious violations were reported during the voting, which was boycotted by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist groups, The Times said.

The IEC described the final vote turnout unprecedented, with approximately 56.6 percent voting, compared with 53 percent in the 2010 elections, The Jordan Times said.

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