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  6/29/2012, Tammuz 9, 5772

Jordanian Parliament to Discuss Election Reform


King Abdullah II of Jordan ordered the two houses of the Jordanian parliament to convene next month to discuss changes in the country's election laws. A statement from the palace read, "The king asked parliament today to hold an extraordinary session early next month to amend some articles in the electoral law to help ensure wider public participation in the process."

The scheduling of the session came after the Islamic Action Front, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, said it planned to boycott elections scheduled for the end of the year in protest of a bill passed by the parliament last week, which increases the size of the parliament from 120 to 140, including a 25-percent increase in the women's quota to 15 seats, but puts a 17-seat limit on parties and candidates.