On 17 October, the Electoral Commission in Jordan confirmed a new date for the parliamentary elections. Jordanians will head to the polls on January 23, 2013. "Applications to run for parliament will start on December 22nd and last for three days. Government employees who wish to run for parliament must resign before October 22nd," the Electoral Commission said in a statement.
On 10 October Jordan’s King Abdullah II swore in a new government led by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour to prepare for the election, after dissolving the parliament halfway through its term beginning of October. Abdullah II designated veteran politician Abdullah Nsur to form a new government after Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh and his government resigned ahead of legislative polls.
"The primary responsibility of this government in this transitional phase is to pave the way for a qualitative leap in Jordan's political history and democratisation," the King had informed Nsur in his letter of designation. In the period prior to the elections, the new government is expected to continue dialogue with all parts of Jordan’s society, political parties and political forces and encourage them to effectively take part in the elections as voters or candidates.