Jordan sets September 20 for vote to elect new parliament

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Cairo  –   Jordan is to elect a new parliament on Sept. 20, the Head of the Electoral Commission, Khaled Kalaldeh announced on Thursday.

The announcement comes after Jordanian King Abdullah II dissolved the parliament, in order to pave way for new legislative polls.

The new legislature will be composed of 130 seats, including 15 allocated for women.

Earlier this year, the assembly approved constitutional changes expanding the monarch’s powers.

The ongoing civil war in neighbouring Syria has taken its toll on Jordan’s economy. The mostly desert kingdom hosts almost 1.5 million Syrian refugees.

Jordan, a key regional ally of the U.S., is a member of an air alliance led by that country against the Islamic State extremist militia in Syria. (dpa/NAN)


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