In the midst of continuous regional turmoil, Jordanians will be heading to the polling stations on 20 September to cast their votes for the 18th national Parliament. Anja Wehler-Schoeck, Resident Director of the Amman Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, outlines Jordan's political setting in the run-up to the elections and gives a prognosis to tomorrow's electional and the long-term political outcome.
Jordan’s King Abdullah approved a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, the third in Prime Minister Omar Razzaz’s government since he took office in 2018.
The reshuffle introduced six new ministers, including Nidal al-Bataineh, who was appointed as minister of labour, and Saad Fayez Jaber, who was made minister of health.
Salama Hammad was appointed as minister of the interior, replacing Sameer al-Mobaideen.
Hammad has held the position of interior minister twice before, in 1993 and 2016.
AMMAN — Prime Minister Omar Razzaz and his Cabinet were sworn in on Thursday before His Majesty King Abdullah, who issued a Royal Decree ordering the formation of the Cabinet after the resignation of the government of Hani Mulki, the Royal Court said in a statement.
Besides Razzaz, the Cabinet consists of 28 ministers including 7 women for the first time in the history of the Kingdom.
It includes 11 first-time ministers and 17 who have served in previous governments.
AMMAN — The Jordanian National Commision for Women (JNCW) on Thursday commended the government for the inclusion of women in the new ministerial team headed by Prime Minister-designate Omar Razzaz, pointing out that “the new government has set a new record in the number of female ministers in the history of Jordan".
Razzaz's team, sworn in on Thursday, includes seven women in the 29-strong Cabinet.
AMMAN (JT) — Prime Minister-designate Omar Razzaz said on Monday that the King’s directive in the Letter of Designation to forge a new social contract could be the most important item on the political agenda that his in-the-making government is entrusted to implement.
Razzaz made his remarks during a meeting at Al Hussein Youth City with the secretaries general of political parties, as part of a series of meetings and consultations he is holding to form a government and its action plan for the next stage, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
The preliminary results of Jordan’s local elections, which were held on Aug. 27, showed that tribal candidates and businessmen who are loyal to the government took the majority of seats in the local councils of the 12 provinces. The elections were held amid a boycott by the Islamist opposition, and low participation among leftist and nationalist parties that lost in the elections.
AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday accepted the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Hani Mulki, and designated the premier to form a new government, while the incumbent Cabinet will stay in office as a caretaker until the new team takes oath of office.
AMMAN — Last week’s elections of the 18th Lower House brought 74 first-time MPs and 56 former lawmakers to the Dome, according to information reviewed by The Jordan Times.
Among the former legislators, 39 kept their seats from the 17th Parliament and 17 had held seats in previous legislatures.
The elections, held on September 20, saw the return of two former speakers of the House — Atef Tarawneh and Abdul Karim Dughmi — while four former ministers were elected as MPs. They are Dughmi, Abdullah Akaileh, Mohammad Nouh Qudah and Mazen Qadi.
AMMAN – The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday announced the preliminary results of five districts, two of which had three women winning outside the quota.
Meanwhile, the IEC announced that no re-vote would be held in the Central Badia District, where sabotage of ballots was reported.
At a press conference, Mustafa Barari, head of the commission's special committee entrusted with auditing the elections' results, announced the initial outcomes of Karak, Balqa and Irbid's 1st and 4th districts as well as the Central Badia.
AMMAN — The National Coalition for Reform led by the Islamic Action Front (IAF) has won 15 seats in the 130-member Lower House, according to the preliminary results of the September 20 elections.
Ali Abu Sukkar, the coalition’s spokesperson, said of these 15 seats, 10 were won by members of the IAF, the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
AMMAN — Activists on Thursday expressed mixed reactions to the parliamentary election results, as five women won seats outside the 15-seat quota, including three Islamists.
The head of the Women’s Committee at the Senate, Senator Mai Abul Samen, said the results were a clear indication that people “truly believe in women’s role and were convinced by their performance... that is why we have a good number of women who won through direct competition”.
AMMAN — The Lower House elections were efficiently organised and took place in a largely peaceful atmosphere, but some shortcomings were observed, international monitors said on Wednesday.
The International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute sent a mission of 45 observers from 26 countries to monitor polling stations on Tuesday, co-led by former Kosovo president Atifete Jahjaga.
“While there were isolated problems, most voters were able to exercise their rights,” Jahjaga said at a press conference.
AMMAN — Only 38 per cent of Jordanians plan to vote in the parliamentary elections on Tuesday, according to an opinion poll released on Saturday.
The poll, conducted by the University of Jordan’s Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS), found that 39 per cent of Jordanians surveyed said that they would not vote, while 11 per cent said they might.
The poll, which surveyed 1,812 members of the public of voting age, as well as 700 opinion leaders, was conducted 100 days after the formation of Hani Mulki’s government.
AMMAN — The final number of candidates running in the upcoming parliamentary elections stood at 1,252 candidates as Friday was the deadline for withdrawal from the race, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Saturday.
Khaled Kalaldeh, IEC president, said 18 candidates had cancelled their candidacy for the elections and one, Lina Ouran from Maan, passed a way during the campaign.
When candidacy registration closed in mid-August, the IEC announced that 1,293 candidates had applied to stand for election on 230 lists.
AMMAN — With nearly 40 days to the parliamentary elections, experts have urged voters to judge candidates running for the September 20 polls based on their ability to address major issues.
In separate interviews with The Jordan Times, the pundits said although tribal considerations would influence the voting decisions of a large segment of Jordanians, some voters, particularly in major cities, would evaluate candidates according to their programmes or stands towards public issues.
AMMAN — The Islamic Action Front (IAF) has agreed to field 25 lists covering every governorate for the parliamentary election, slated for September 20, IAF Spokesperson Murad Adaileh said Thursday.
The party, the political arm of the unlicensed Muslim Brotherhood group, will announce the lists with partnerships it will run in the upcoming election at a press conference on Sunday.
AMMAN — The Independent Election Commission (IEC) seeks to educate young voters and encourage their participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections through social media channels, its president said on Thursday.
There are different methods for addressing each segment of society, said IEC Chief Commissioner Khaled Kalaldeh, adding that communication experts see social media outlets, as the best means to reach out to the younger generation nowadays.
AMMAN — President of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Khaled Kalaldeh on Monday accused supporters of the former one-person, one-vote electoral system to be behind rumours targeting the September 20 parliamentary elections.
The elections must go ahead next month as the Constitution demands that elections be held within four months of the dissolution of the Lower House, a top official said on Monday.
His Majesty King Abdullah dissolved Parliament by decree on May 29, so elections must be held by the end of September.
AMMAN — The Islamic Action Front (IAF) on Monday said it has completed the lists with partnerships it will run with in the upcoming parliamentary election, and will announce them before the end of this week.
Murad Adaileh, the IAF spokesperson said members of these lists represent different spectra, to include non-Islamists, members of political parties, tribesmen and nominees competing for certain quotas.
Under the 2015 Elections Law, quotas are designated for women, Christians and Jordanians of Circassian/Chechen origins.