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Decree adjourns Parliament.

Star AMMAN (Star)--A Royal decree issued Tuesday adjourned the 14th Parliament's second extraordinary session, which started on June 5. Over the past seven weeks, the Lower House discussed and approved 22 temporary laws and held two special sessions to discuss two issues: The Tawjihi leaked-exams and the details of the Kuwaiti oil grant to Jordan.The Lower House was scheduled to discuss 64 temporary laws during the adjourned extraordinary session; however, the deputies' prolonged deliberations and disputes over the laws prevented them from doing so. Among the significant laws that were endorsed by the legislators are the Higher Media Council, the National Commission for Human Rights and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone.However, the session witnessed frequent disputes between the Lower House and the Senate over a number of controversial temporary laws, notably the Civil Status Law and the Personal Status Law as discussions were delayed until the next session, due to take place in October.The House also passed on two other controversial laws: The Electronic Applications Law and the Public Transport Law to shared committees between the Senate and the Lower House to deliberate on each of them intensively.It was clear during the extraordinary session that the Lower House's tension with the government did not disappear, but rather the legislators heightened their differences with the senators, which affected Parliament's performance in recent weeks.Prime Minister Faisal El Fayez maintained Tuesday that his government would maintain its contacts with Parliament in the next session. He reassured the deputies that "the government's communication and coordination would continue with them and the senators to serve common interests." El Fayez was speaking during his meeting with MPs representing the northern governorates of the Kingdom. He welcomed any parliamentary criticism of the government's performance as long as it is "constructive and helpful to adjust the wrongdoings in the executive authority."

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Publication:The Star (Amman, Jordan)
Date:Jul 22, 2004
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