Jordan to hold parliamentary election in November: State media

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Jordan has set November 10 as the date for a parliamentary election, hours after a royal decree to hold countrywide polls, state media said Wednesday.

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Jordan's electoral law marginalizes representation of political parties. Constitutionally, most powers rest with the king, who appoints governments and approves legislation.

The election will be held at a time the aid-dependent country grapples with a severe economic contraction with the impact of COVID-19 amid heightened worries about any unilateral Israeli move to annex territory in the occupied West Bank.

Officials fear that annexation would bury the prospect of a viable Palestinian state and eventually bring a settlement of the decades-old conflict at the expense of Jordan, a country where many people are descendants of Palestinian refugees whose families left after the creation of Israel in 1948.

Jordan’s main political opposition comes from a party drawn from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood movement but it faces legal curbs on its activities.

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