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Jordan´s king urges Islamists to contest election (AP) Associated Press) By JAMAL HALABY AMMAN 07/01/12 3:54 pm ET)Source: http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120701/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_jordan;_ylt=AsdkTS5zGS6f2YUglVYXNxwLewgF;_ylu=X3oDMTJmcXZkb2VvBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTIwNzAxL21sX2pvcmRhbgRwb3MDNwRzZWMDeW5fcGFnaW5hdGVfc3VtbWFyeV9saXN0BHNsawNqb3JkYW5za2luZ3U- AP} ASSOCIATED PRESS AP} ASSOCIATED PRESS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
AMMAN, Jordan – Jordan´s king urged his country´s Islamist opposition Sunday to take part in upcoming elections, despite their dissatisfaction with reforms.

King Abdullah II´s appeal in a rare interview on Jordan TV was part of his attempt to engage with the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, Jordan´s main opposition. Islamists have made gains all over the region after Arab Spring uprisings and show increasing strength in Jordan.

"Our doors and hearts are open to everyone, including the Muslim Brotherhood and their party," he said. "We call on all groups to take part in this reform process and participate in the legislative elections."

Abdullah is concerned that the Brotherhood´s party will boycott elections, undermining his reform plan and igniting a violent uprising, like elsewhere in the Mideast. No date has been set, though the election is expected this year. (© 2012 The Associated Press 07/01/12)

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