In Jordan’s legislative elections, Islamic voters refused to support Christian candidates, reports Archbishop Maroun Lahham, the patriarchal vicar for the Jerusalem patriarchate.
Under Jordan’s complicated election rules, every party must submit a slate of candidates that includes representatives of various minorities, including Christians. The Islamic parties duly recruited Christian candidates. But the party’s supporters did not vote for those candidates, so that none of the Islamic party’s winning representatives is a Christian.
The Islamic Action Front won 15 of the 130 seats in parliament. Christians won 9 seats.