Inside Jordan's proposed constitutional amendment

By Rana al-Sabbagh, 4 September 2014
(photo by REUTERS/Olivia Harris)
King Abdullah of Jordan arrives in London, May 11, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Olivia Harris)
<p>Slickly and without an in-depth discussion, the Jordanian parliament voted last Sunday, 24 Aug, on a bill to amend two constitutional articles. One amendment is controversial in terms of timing and contradicts the spirit of the parliamentary/hereditary/monarchical rule, in that order. This amendment would give the king the legal prerogative to appoint the chairman of joint chiefs of staff (the army commander) and the director of the general intelligence department. The king has been making such appointments for decades in practice, but not by law.</p>
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