A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Monday, November 23, 2009

Jordan's King Dissolves Parliament

Jordan's King ‘Abdullah II has dissolved Parliament and called for early elections, though no date has been set. After some genuine liberalizations in the 1990s, Parliament's role has been curtailed considerably in recent years and the electoral law changed to give more power to tribal and rural blocs. There had been some speculation, apparently, that the King might go for new elections; it will be interesting to see how soon he holds them. More as this develops.

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