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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