Good governance and rule of law

The Jordanian Senate passed a new constitutional reform that gives the prerogative of appointing the Prime Minister to the majority party. Under this reform, voted on 12 January, the minimum age for running for parliament has been lowered to 25 and the rights of Jordanian women will be enshrined in the Constitution.

The reform will also allow for the creation of the National Security Council whose members will be appointed directly by the King. This Council will be competent to take decisions concerning the defence, security, and foreign policy of the kingdom without going through the parliament.

The reform has been denounced by the opposition that considers it a serious threat to democracy. According to several political actors opposed to the regime, the constitutional reform will allow the king to bypass the parliament for the appointment of ministers, senators, judges, or the mufti and to take important decisions without having to get their approval.

Voted by the Lower House last week, the new reform must be validated by the government and the Royal Committee for the Modernisation of Political Life before coming into force.