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Jordan to hold parliamentary election this year

Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Friday a multi-party parliamentary election would take place by the end of 2007. He urged his compatriots to regard the poll as a milestone on “the road to enhancing democracy in Jordan.” The monarch’s remarks quashed recent speculation by conservative politicians that he would use his constitutional right to delay the election, due some time this year, after parliament’s four-year term formally ends in April. The last election held in June 2003 brought gains for the opposition Islamists after a campaign that was dominated by parochial concerns among tribal candidates. Full Story

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