Jordanian Parliament dissolved, new government installed to prepare for elections

Thu 2 Jun 2016

Jordanian Parliament dissolved, new government installed to prepare for elections

On June 1 King Abdullah II has sworn in a new government, tasked with preparations for the parliamentary elections. The move comes after the dissolution of parliament on 29 May. Appointed by the King, Hani Mulki will be caretaker Prime Minister. According to the constitution new elections are supposed to be held within four months. Among the 28 ministers in the cabinet, there are 17 new ministers.

Resignation
As the four-year term of the parliament was coming to its end, King Abdullah dissolved the parliament on May 29. The outgoing PM Abdullah Ensour, who served since 2012, submitted his resignation after which Mulki was appointed by royal decree. Ensour was one of the longest-serving prime ministers in Jordan's history. Most Prime Ministers have served between one and two years or even shorter.

2015 Elections law
On 13 March, King Abdullah approved amendments made to the election law. The biggest change was made to the voting system. The one-person, one-vote system will be changed to a system where candidates can run for parliamentary elections on one large multimember ticket to win seats. The number of representatives in the Lower House was reduced from 150 to 130. There will be 15 seats reserved for women.

Political analysts and government sources say the 2015 Elections Law will pave the way for more candidates from political parties to compete for seats.

Sources: Jordantimes, Reuters, Reuters2, Aljazeera, Alarabiya
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