King of Jordan Abdullah II
King of Jordan Abdullah II
Photo: Reuters
King of Jordan Abdullah II

Jordan sets Nov. 10 as date for parliamentary elections

The election comes amid a severe economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and the threat of a unilateral annexation of West Bank territories by Israel, which Jordanians say would bury the prospect of a Palestinian state

Reuters |
Published: 07.29.20 , 17:18
Jordan has set Nov. 10 as the date for parliamentary elections, hours after a royal decree to hold a countrywide poll, state media said Wednesday.
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  • Jordan's parliament has legislative powers but its electoral law marginalizes the representation of political parties and most Members of Parliament rely on family and tribal allegiances. Constitutionally most powers rest with the king, who appoints governments and has the final say over new laws.
    King of Jordan Abdullah II King of Jordan Abdullah II
    King of Jordan Abdullah II
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The election will be held at a time when the aid-dependent country is grappling with a severe economic contraction due to COVID-19 and comes amid heightened worries about any unilateral Israeli move to annex territory in the West Bank.
    Officials fear that annexation would bury the prospect of a viable Palestinian state and mean that any eventual settlement of the decades-old conflict would be at the expense of Jordan, a country where many people are descendants of Palestinian refugees whose families left after the creation of Israel in 1948.
    The electoral law keeps intact a system that limits the representation of those of Palestinians origin in favor of native Jordanians who are the backbone of the country's political establishment.
    ירדן תנועת האחים המוסלמיםירדן תנועת האחים המוסלמים
    A Muslim Brotherhood movement rally in Jordan
    (Photo: AFP)
    Jordan's main political opposition comes from a party drawn from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood movement but it faces legal curbs on its activities.
    Opposition politicians say the government has been using draconian emergency laws enacted last March at the start of the coronavirus lockdown to limit civil and political rights. Activists have been arrested in recent weeks over comments on social media.

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