Women and the Muslim Brotherhood make gains in Jordan elections
Women took 20 out of the 130 seats in the Jordanian parliament. The number of seats in the parliament had been reduced from 150 to 130 but women won two more seats than in the much larger parliament.
|There were 252 female candidates the most in Jordan's history. Asma Khamer, a former Jordanian justice minister said: “It’s a sign of growing acceptance among the public. People are now ready to see women’s names and photographs on political campaign posters around the country.”|
Jordan is a constitutional monarchy, but the King holds wide executive and legislative powers. He serves as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief and appoints the prime minister and heads of security directorates. The prime minister is free to choose his own cabinet and regional governors. However, the king may dissolve parliament and dismiss the government.For years, the king has faced little opposition from a parliament dominated by pro-government leaders, businessmen and ex-security officials often elected on the basis of promises that address local issues.