AMMAN — The results of a poll released on Wednesday revealed a considerable decline in the percentage of Jordanians who believe their country is on the right track, both economically and politically.
The Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan conducted a poll during October over Jordanians’ evaluation of the performance of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour’s second Cabinet after 200 days in office.
AMMONNEWS - The University of Jordan's Center for Strategic Studies will hold a press conference on Monday to announce the results of a poll regarding Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour's second government, coming two years after its formation.
The press conference, which will
NEW YORK –– The UN General Assembly on Friday endorsed Jordan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for the 2014-15 term.
A total of 178 out of 193 members of the UN General Assembly voted in favour of Jordan.
Jordan needed a two-third majority to win the seat.
Ahead of the vote, participants stood for one minute to pay respect to South African iconic leader, Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday.
Jordania celebra hoy elecciones municipales, los segundos comicios de ese año tras las parlamentarias de enero pasado, pese al boicot de los Hermanos Musulmanes, la principal fuerza opositora.
De los 3,7 millones de jordanos con derecho a voto, se han inscrito unos 2,3 millones para votar en las elecciones de hoy.
2.803 candidatos compiten por el cargo de alcalde y otras plazas de unos cien ayuntamientos, incluido el de Ammán, según datos del Ministerio de Asuntos Municipales.
The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said it would soon submit to His Majesty King Abdullah a detailed report on the parliamentary elections of this year, after it has completed a “review” of all stages of the process.
The report will include recommendations to improve the country’s electoral system, including amending the 2012 Elections Law, according to IEC chief Abdul Ilah Khatib.
Deputies on Wednesday failed to agree on one nominee to head the new government, putting more focus on the new premier’s agenda rather than the name.
Wednesday’s meeting of the largest parliamentary coalition, in which members were due to have scheduled internal elections to vote over the next prime minister, failed to settle differences of opinion between the parties.
The 82-MP “coalition of four” is made up of the Watan (25 MPs), the Islamic Centrist Party (15 MPs), the Democratic Gathering (24 MPs) and the Free Pledge (18 MPs) blocs.
A coalition of four parliamentary blocs representing the majority of the Lower House will nominate one candidate to head the next government before the weekend, leaders of the coalition said on Monday.
Meanwhile, Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh met Monday with independent deputies, concluding marathon talks over the formation of the new government.
The 84-member coalition is composed of members of the Watan (27 MPs), Democratic Gathering (24 MPs), Free Pledge (18 MPs) and the Islamic Centrist Party (15 MPs) blocs.
On the eve of the kick-off of consultations between lawmakers and Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh to designate a prime minister, several House blocs held closed-door meetings to finalise their positions.
Some of these coalitions declared their stands on government formation as the country embarks on the parliamentary government experience as an ultimate goal of political reforms.
Three blocs in the 150-seat Lower House were in talks on Thursday to form the largest coalition under the Dome.
The Watan “Homeland” bloc led by veteran deputy Khalil Atiyeh finalised a deal with the Islamic Centrist Party (ICP) bloc led by the party’s secretary general, Mohammad Al Haj, to form a joint coalition of around 54 MPs.
Moderate Islamists who claim to have the so-far largest coherent bloc in the new Lower House have approached the Muslim Brotherhood to engage them in the formation of the upcoming government and have received a positive response, a leader from the group said.
Leaders from the Brotherhood said they are open to ideas when talks get serious with officials.
Fresh off a strong showing in last week’s parliamentary elections, leaders of the Islamic Centrist Party now claim they are positioned to assume the mantle of Lower House speaker and even form the country’s next government.
Defying initial forecasts, members of the party took 16 seats in the January 23 polls, including three through the national list competition and 13 in district-level races, over four times the number of those secured by the second leading national list.
The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) on Saturday said the Citizenship ticket, led by former minister Hazem Qashou, did not win a seat in the 17th Lower House, granting the seat instead to the leftist Democratic Renaissance list.
After recounting the votes following a complaint by the leftist list’s leader, Ablah Abu Olbeh, to the National Centre for Human Rights, the commission recounted the votes and discovered a mistake in the preliminary result.
The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) on Thursday acknowledged a delay in vote counting after all polling stations across the country were closed late Wednesday.
Several local districts witnessed a delay in the announcement of their preliminary results last night, due to what the IEC described as the "new system for the polls".
Jordania acude hoy a las urnas para renovar su Cámara de Diputados, mientras el Gobierno resiste el embiste de la oposición, tanto islamista como de izquierdas y sindicalista, que ha llamado al boicot de los comicios para exigir reformas estructurales del Estado, protestando por lo que considera corrupción en el Gobierno y mostrando una incipiente insatisfacción con la monarquía del rey Abdalá II.
Analysts and activists predicted on Sunday that at least two women might win outside the 15-seat women’s quota in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections.
“I expect that this time four or five women might win seats outside the quota because several women have proven themselves in the previous House and they have strong bases that will re-elect them without the need for a quota,” said Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan Musa Shteiwi.