Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

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May 29: The first female court chief in Jordanian history was appointed. Ihssan Barakat was to be the chief of the Court of First Instance, which was comprised of 12 judges and ten magistrates, in West Amman. Prior to this appointment, Barakat was also the first female appeal judge in the country. [MET, 5/29]

Jul. 8: The ruins of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site of ancient temples and tombs carved out of rock located south of Amman, was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, according to the results of a phone and internet survey of approximately 100 million people. An estimated 400,000 people visited the site yearly, which shared the honor with the Great Wall of China and India's Taj Mahal, among others. [GN, 7/8]

Jul. 31: The Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political party of the Muslim Brotherhood's Jordanian branch, withdrew all 25 of its candidates from municipal elections shortly after the elections began, citing allegations of voting irregularities. IAF officials accused the Jordanian government of directing military voters, assumed to be voting for government candidates, into urban districts where IAF candidates might otherwise have won. …

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