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Government Loyalists Win in Jordan

A Jordanian woman casts her vote in a polling station in Amman, Jordan, 9 November 2010

Loyalists to Jordan's King Abdullah have won a majority of seats in the next parliament in a Tuesday election that was boycotted by the kingdom's largest opposition group.

Election officials announced the results Wednesday, saying voter turn-out was at 53 percent in polling for the 120-member lower house.

The Islamic Action Front boycotted the vote. The opposition group, which is the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, said new election rules unfairly diminished the value of votes from urban areas, where its support is strongest.

Meanwhile, security officials say a number of violent incidents took place while voting was underway, including a clash between supporters of rival candidates that left one person dead in the southwestern city of Kerak.

Jordan has been functioning without a parliament since King Abdullah dissolved the body last year following criticism it was ineffective.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.