REUTERS: Jordan’s Islamic Action Front Party leader Hamzi Mansour gestures during a news conference in Amman August 2, 2010. The Islamic Action Front, the political wing of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest political grouping, said on Monday that it has decided to boycott the November election in protest against a new voting system which it says damages democracy
The country’s only real opposition political party, and representative of a large segment of society as well as a considerably significant important demographic, is not participating in the elections. Not a shocker. It’s been done before, and they’ve been brought back in to the folds before with a carrot and a stick (used simultaneously). Whether one is a fan or not, their absence is a blow to the election’s credibility, to say nothing of the process story that I wrote about a few days ago.
So the question of the moment is: was it a wise move?
Is it a political tactic to muster up social support prior to an election?
Is it an attempt to solidify the ranks and party line after three years of party infighting that has only recently saw the IAF return to some state of normalcy?
On an unrelated note. Every time I see a picture of an IAF member talking publicly, they’ve always got an index finger raised, which can be interpreted in different ways. Personally, I think it might be their political equivalent to the “Clinton Thumb”. Just a thought.