Even before a single vote was counted and results announced, it was clear who were the main winners and losers. And for the most part, they were not the candidates.
The biggest winner in the Jordanian legislative elections was the state. It bargained on the public and the international community ignoring the absence of the Islamists in the elections.
Conversely, the Islamic Action Front and some of the small secular parties that joined the boycotters are the biggest losers. By calling for a boycott without being able to make it the main story of the elections, the Islamists overreached and failed.
Jordan succeeded in passing the test of an electoral process that many doubted it could passDaoud Kuttab
Having won the current round with the Islamists should not give the other political actors an exaggerated sense of power and strengthDaoud Kuttab