Jordan’s parliament rejects calls to reduce king’s constitutional power

March 28th, 2011 - 6:32 am ICT by IANS  

Amman, March 28 (IANS) Jordan’s lower house has said it absolutely rejects calls seeking downgrading constitutional authorities of King Abdullah II.

Stating the king receives his powers from the constitution, the 120-member lower house Sunday said it will work to ensure that the king remains “powerful” to preserve the Jordanian identity and the constitution, Xinhua reported.

“The lower house completely rejects some calls to limit the constitutional authorities of the king. These calls do not represent the Jordanian community and they seek to divide the Jordanian state,” the lower house said in the statement.

It also rejected “political blackmail” that hampers the reform process and causes tension in the country.

Dialogue, instead of street protests, is the sole way to reach consensus on national issues, said the statement and also underlined the need to preserve national unity, calling on all parties to shoulder their responsibilities to protect Jordan’s security and stability.

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