Jordan's king dissolves parliament, orders new elections

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday dissolved the lower house of parliament and ordered new general elections, according to a royal court statement.

Jordan's king dissolves parliament, orders new elections
Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday dissolved the lower house of parliament and ordered new general elections, according to a royal court statement.

"The King issued a decree dissolving the House of Representatives as of Monday and ordering new parliamentary elections according to the law," the statement said.

The monarch did not set a date for the polls, but according to the constitution, the elections should be held not later than the end of November, when the outgoing chamber's term is due to come to an end.

The country's largest political party, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), has not so far decided to take part in the parliamentary elections and demanded "assurances" that the polls would be held in a fair atmosphere.

The IAF, the political arm of the influential Muslim Brotherhood movement, has accused the government of "rigging" the municipal polls that were held on January 31 and asked for an independent investigation of its allegations.

It also reported the alleged irregularities to the world's leading human rights bodies and urged their interference.

DPA
Last Mod: 19 Ağustos 2007, 18:04
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