King Abdullah forms committee to oversee ‘qualitative leap’ in Jordan’s political system

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has appointed former prime minister Samir Rifai to lead a powerful new committee tasked with overhauling the kingdom’s political system. The 92-member body was announced on Thursday and will draft “modern” election and political party laws and sug

Jordan’s King Abdullah calls for dialogue for the nation’s interest

 King Abdullah II said Jordan’s success depends on everyone coming to sit at the dialogue table to work for the nation’s interest, regardless of the differences in viewpoints, state news agency Petra reported.During his meeting with officials at Al-Husseiniya Palace on Tuesday, th

Jordan’s King Abdullah orders end to parliamentary session

Jordan’s King Abdullah ordered an end to the current parliamentary session on Monday, a day after the legislature ousted a tribal deputy who called on his followers to defy the monarch’s authority. The King decreed to “dissolve the extra-ordinary parliamentary cycle starting fro

Guns fired into the air as supporters of ousted Jordanian MP riot near Amman

Shots were fired into the air near Amman as security forces scuffled with rioters supporting an MP ousted from Parliament on Sunday for comments deemed insulting to Jordan’s King Abdullah, witnesses mentioned that. Hundreds of Osama Al Ajarmeh's supporters have been gathering in the Naour s

Jordan warns against unauthorized gatherings

Jordan’s minister of interior warned against unauthorized gatherings and demonstrations which threaten the national cohesion, state news agency Petra reported.“[In] recent days we have witnessed practices and gatherings that undermine the cohesion of the Jordanian national fabric, peac

Jordan’s King Abdullah welcomes Abu Dhabi crown prince on official visit

Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein welcomed the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on his arrival to Marka military airport on Thursday.King Abdullah and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi are expected to discuss relations between the two countries, and

Jordan hints at possibility of expelling Israeli ambassador

The Jordanian government promised on Monday to look into a parliamentary request to expel the Israeli ambassador as the authorities take a tougher diplomatic line against Israel in response to the war in Palestine. Official media quoted Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh as saying that the govern

Jordan’s king says diplomatic efforts under way to halt Israel’s military campaign

Jordan's king said his country was involved in intensive diplomacy to halt what he described as Israeli military escalation that has led to the worst eruption of violence in years. King Abdullah II “affirms that there are intensive efforts and contacts with all international actor

Jordan urges world action to protect Jerusalem Palestinians

Jordan called on Sunday for swift international action to stop what it regards as Israeli intransigence in Jerusalem. It is the latest diplomatic move by Amman to curb tension that could affect the kingdom’s stability. The Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman Al Safadi, told his German peer H

Jordan’s Royal court appoints Jaafar Hassan as director of king’s office, accepts 3 resignations

The Jordanian Royal Court has appointed Jaafar Hassan as the director of King Abdullah II’s office, state news agency Petra reported on Thursday.The royal decree also said the court accepted the resignations of political advisor Haifa Khreisha, King’s advisor Qassem Nasser and economic

Jordan detects cases of more infectious Indian Covid-19 strain

Jordan detected three cases of the Indian Covid-19 variant in people who had not travelled, the health minister said.   "Two cases were recorded in Amman and one in Zarqa in people who did not travel, which confirms that the emergence of mutated cases does not necessarily have to come from

Jordan lifts Friday lockdown, partial daily curfew to remain

Friday lockdowns in Jordan will be lifted as of tomorrow, the government announced, while the current night curfew will remain throughout the week. Worshippers will be able perform evening prayer and Taraweeh – the Ramadan prayer – in mosques as of Friday, the Minister of State for Me

Jordanian authorities release 16 linked to royal rift

Jordan has released 16 detainees arrested in connection within a rift within the royal family, authorities announced on Thursday. Their release marked further de-escalation of the affair that had prompted international calls to preserve stability. “A number of those detained in the latest

Jordan arrests 18 accused of attempting to destabilize the country

Authorities in Jordan arrested 18 people on Wednesday accused of attempting to destabilize the Kingdom, as part of a “sedition” case.The investigations have ended, and the case will be referred to the court after completing the final stages of the investigation and taking the legal req

Jordan begins investigation on those who attempted to destabilize the county

 Jordan’s state public prosecutor has proceeded with an investigation of all those involved in an alleged plot to destabilize the country.  Local state media, Al-Mamlaka TV, reported the news on Wednesday citing an unnamed source. Jordanian officials announced on April 3 the

Prince Hamza of Jordan will not face trial: Jordanian media

 Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh denied there had been a “coup,” and that the former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein will not face a trail, local media reported on Monday citing lawmakers.  Members of parliament, Saleh Al-Armouti, Mohammad Al-Alaqma and Omar

Jordan's King Abdullah and half-brother Prince Hamzah appear together in show of unity

Jordan’s King Abdullah II marked the kingdom's centenary on Sunday with a public appearance alongside his half-brother Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, days after their uncle mediated an end to a rift between the two men that prompted international calls to preserve stability. Photos published by

Speech by Jordan's King Abdullah to the nation – full text

Jordan's King Abdullah on Wednesday addressed the nation for the first time since allegations surfaced against his half-brother. Below is the full transcript of the speech in English: In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, Prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammed. My f