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Jordan's Opposition Party to Boycott Elections

Jordan's largest opposition group says it will boycott the country's November parliamentary elections.

The decision late Thursday deals a blow to polls the government hailed as a cornerstone of political reforms.

The powerful Muslim Brotherhood Movement based its decision on the fallout from a new electoral law, which it says will undercut the group's robust showing in past elections.

The new legislation reduced seats for lawmakers elected from urban areas, where the Brotherhood is popular. It increased seats from rural regions, dominated by pro-government Bedouin tribes.

The boycott by the country's largest opposition group will leave it without a voice in parliament.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.