Jordan’s king urges MPs to speed up reforms

AMMAN, Jordan - The royal palace says Jordan’s King Abdullah II has called on lawmakers to speed up reform legislation designed to increase the public’s role in the government process.

By (AP)

Published: Sun 19 Feb 2012, 10:15 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:21 PM

Abdullah’s remarks to the 120-seat parliament follow widespread criticism that the predominantly conservative parliament is not pushing forward on legislation considered critical for long-promised reforms.

That includes amending a controversial electoral law. The opposition claims the current electoral law allows pro-king loyalists to dominate the parliament.

The reforms are considered a precursor to electing a new prime minister. The current prime minister is appointed by the king.

Some in the opposition question whether the king supports the reform measures because they might curb his powers.

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