RELIGION

Muslim Brotherhood bloc wins 15 of 130 seats in Jordan vote

High school principal Huda Etoum poses for a portrait at her home in Jerash, Jordan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Etoum was one of 20 women elected to Jordan's 130-seat parliament this week, up from 18 female lawmakers in the outgoing legislature. Etoum, the second Jordanian lawmaker wearing a face veil, said in an interview that she's been in public service for more than two decades and that her ultra-conservative dress won't be an obstacle in parliament. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

High school principal Huda Etoum poses for a portrait at her home in Jerash, Jordan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Etoum was one of 20 women elected to Jordan's 130-seat parliament this week, up from 18 female lawmakers in the outgoing legislature. Etoum, the second Jordanian lawmaker wearing a face veil, said in an interview that she's been in public service for more than two decades and that her ultra-conservative dress won't be an obstacle in parliament. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)  (The Associated Press)

The opposition Muslim Brotherhood says its electoral bloc won 15 seats in Jordan's 130-member parliament.

It made the announcement Thursday, two days after 1.5 million Jordanians voted for parliament under a new proportional system.

The Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, the Islamic Action Front, boycotted elections in 2010 and 2013 to protest the previous system, which it said unfairly favored pro-monarchy tribal representatives.

The IAF-led coalition will be the largest voting bloc in the new parliament, enough to serve as a vocal opposition but likely too small to challenge establishment legislators.

Election officials said the number of female legislators rose from 18 to 20, including 15 on a women's quota and five who won competitively. Newcomer Huda Etoum, 52, will be the second woman in parliament to wear a face veil.