Jordan to vote in parliamentary elections on Nov. 10

Jordan, elections, middleeast
A royal decree from King Abdullah's court was issued for holding the countrywide poll.

Amman - The election will be held at a time when the country is grappling with a severe economic contraction due to COVID-19



By Reuters

Published: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 4:46 PM

Last updated: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 6:50 PM

Jordan has set November 10 as the date for parliamentary elections, hours after a royal decree to hold a countrywide poll, state media said on Wednesday.
The election will be held at a time when the aid-dependant country is grappling with a severe economic contraction due to COVID-19 and comes amid heightened worries about any unilateral Israeli move to annex territory in the occupied West Bank.
Officials fear that annexation would bury the prospect of a viable Palestinian state and mean that any eventual settlement of the decades-old conflict would be at the expense of Jordan, a country where many people are descendants of Palestinian refugees whose families left after the creation of Israel in 1948.
The electoral law keeps intact a system that limits the representation of those of Palestinians origin in favour of native Jordanians who are the backbone of the country's political establishment.
 


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