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King prorogues Parliament, appoints new election board

Apr 23,2014 - Last updated at Apr 23,2014

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday issued a Royal Decree proroguing the ordinary session of Parliament as of Saturday, May 3. 

Meanwhile, His Majesty appointed via another decree a new board of commissioners of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC).

Riyadh Shakaa was named chief commissioner and the following figures as board members: Asma Khader, Mohammad Masalha, Samar Haj Hassan and Ali Hrout.  

A Royal Decree had been issued earlier accepting the resignation of Khader from the Senate, as of Wednesday. Another decree was issued accepting the resignation of Riyadh Shakaa, Mohammad Ali Alawneh, Atef Btoush and Eid Jweied from the outgoing IEC board.  

An autonomous legal entity that is financially and administratively independent, the IEC was created under the Elections Law of 2012. 

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