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MPs refer Press Association Law to Legal Committee

By Khaled Neimat - Jan 29,2014 - Last updated at Jan 29,2014

AMMAN — The Lower House on Wednesday referred the draft amended Jordan Press Association Law to its Legal Committee to provide its recommendations before endorsing the bill.

The decision was made during Wednesday’s Lower House session after MPs engaged in an extensive discussion over the right committee to look into the bill.

Several deputies suggested that it should be sent to the Media and National Guidance Committee rather than the legal panel, but the majority of the 149-strong House voted to refer the bill to the Legal Committee.

Also, on Wednesday, the MPs granted Prime Minster Abdullah Ensour the right to delegate his authorities to other Cabinet members.

The decision falls under draft amendments to the Public Administration Law, which the House endorsed in the same session.

In their discussions of the draft amendments to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Law, MPs rejected a recommendation to allow the commission to open branches in the governorates.

They said there is no need for such amove as most of the alleged corruption cases can be investigated through the ACC’s Amman office.

Acting Lower House speaker Ahmad Safadi adjourned the session after the MPs discussed two articles in the amended ACC Law.

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