Jordan to hold parliament elections before end of year

Most likely date between August-September

09 June, 13:03

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, JUNE 9 - Jordan king Abdullah has issued a royal decree to hold parliament elections this year in accordance with a new elections law, an official statement said today.

    Date of the polls will be set by the national election committee in the coming days, according to official sources who said the polls could be held between August and September this year. The new law was introduced following wide spread protests and demands for genuine reforms in a country that has been ruled by influential east Jordanian tribes at the expense of the majority of the population.

    Opponents of the law say the legislation continues to give power to small communities and minorities that have strong allegiance to the royal palace and the government and under represent Jordanians of Palestinian origin, who make up around 70 percent of the population. Major cities such as Amman, Irbid and Zarqa, which are home to over 80 percent of the population are represented by around 50 percent of parliament seats, while rural villages inhabited by small tribes that are loyal to the king are represented by around 50 percent of the parliament seats. The legislation is expected to continue empowering influential families and tribes close to the palace amid increasing rate of corruption and unemployment. (ANSAmed)
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