Jordan to become a full democracy within a decade

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The Jordanian Royal commission is in discussions regarding a three-phase plan to empower political parties, leading to a fully-fledged democracy. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is set to become a fully constitutional democracy where the parliamentary parties choose the government within the next 10 years. A 92-person royal commission charged to reform Jordan’s election and party laws has been preparing a decade-long road map for democratization. Under the current system, the monarch appoints and can dismiss the government, the lower chamber of the legislature is limited to approving, rejecting or amending legislation, with little power to initiate laws, and the king appoints the members of the upper house. The plans being discussed behind closed doors call for three phases to reach the kind of constitutional monarchy that the United Kingdom or Sweden enjoy, a senior member of the commission told The Media Line.

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