Jordan's King Abdullah II, pictured in January 2012, on Sunday called on opposition parties, particularly the Islamists, to take part in general elections later this year after they threatened to boycott the polls.
Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday called on opposition parties, particularly the Islamists, to take part in general elections later this year after they threatened to boycott the polls.
In 30-minute interview with state-run Jordan Television, the king also acknowledged that "lack of confidence in the ability of state institutions" was one of the reasons behind pro-reform demonstrations in the kingdom.
"All parties, including the Islamic Action Front (IAF), are components of the Jordanian society. Anyway, our doors and hearts are open to everyone, including the Muslim Brotherhood and their party, the IAF," he said.
"Having said that, we call on all groups to take part in this reform process and participate in the legislative elections," he added.
The Islamists and other opposition parties have said they were considering a boycott of the elections expected to be held by the end of this year over a controversial electoral law.
The law gives voters the right to cast two ballots: one for individual candidates in their governorates and one for parties or coalitions nationwide.
Only 17 seats can be contested by party and coalition candidates.