Jordanian king supports formation of governments based on parliamentary majority

09:29, June 13, 2011      

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King Abdullah II of Jordan on Sunday said he is looking forward to forming a mechanism that leads to a parliament with active political party representation and one that allows the formation of governments based on parliamentary majority and political party manifestos in the future.

In a televised address to the nation, the Jordanian leader said he expects the government to conduct the next parliamentary elections according to legislation drawn up by the National Dialogue Committee, stressing that the new legislation should " guarantee the fairness and transparency of the electoral process."

Currently, governments in Jordan are appointed by the King. Opposition groups and several political parties in the Arab Kingdom have been repeatedly calling for having an elected government in Jordan rather than being appointed by the King.

The government will also be instructed to hold new municipal elections based on new legislation that can guarantee greater representation for local communities and serve citizens more efficiently and fairly, Abdullah II said in the address on the occasion of the anniversary of the Great Arab Revolt, Army Day and Coronation Day.

In the speech, the King warned of the "deterioration of political and media discourse into (a discourse) that triggers hatred and infringement on the freedom of Jordanians, their dignity or national unity."

He said Jordan requires a media "that can carry the message of freedom and reform, optimize the accomplishments of our country and protect national unity."

The King said Jordan is "firm in the fight against corruption in all its forms" but that slander and character assassination in the name of fighting corruption had damaged both the reputations of honest and innocent citizens and Jordan's reputation as a whole.

Source: Xinhua
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