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Council to weigh constitutionality of party list system
By Petra - Apr 22,2012 - Last updated at Apr 22,2012
AMMAN — The Cabinet on Sunday sent a question to the Higher Council for the Interpretation of the Constitution, inquiring about the constitutionality of conducting parliamentary elections on the basis of a party list system.
The Cabinet also inquired about the constitutionality of setting certain conditions for eligible political parties that can run in the elections under such a system.
Lower House’s Legal Committee on Wednesday endorsed the remaining provisions of the 2012 draft elections law, recommending a mixed electoral system that features a majority vote at the governorate level and a closed proportional list at the national level.
The second ordinary session of the 16th Parliament will start on Wednesday with the absence of two former deputies whose memberships were cancelled as a result of the new constitutional amendments barring dual citizens from filling ministerial, senatorial and parliamentary posts.
The Higher Council for the Interpretation of the Constitution (HCIC) on Thursday ruled that a reinvestigation by Parliament of the suspected corruption case known as the “casino file” would be unconstitutional, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
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