Chronology: Jordan

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See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Syria

Apr. 18: The Jordanian Parliament moved to bar political parties established on a "religious, ethnic or sectarian basis," which threatened the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Islamic Action Front's (IAF) ability to participate in parliamentary elections. The IAF's secretary-general, Hamza Mansour, called the decision "unjustified and illogical." The passage of the legislation opened the possibility of a boycott of parliamentary elections by the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest group in the Jordanian opposition. [NYT, 4/18]

Apr. 25: About 10,000 former Libyan rebels began training in Jordan as part of a program to bolster ties between the two countries and to reintegrate thousands of anti-Qadhafirebels into Libyan society. The recruits began training in the areas of public order, investigative work, and security at an academy outside Amman. [BBC, 4/25]

May 2: King 'Abdullah installed a new, conservative-dominated government led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Tarawneh several days after the resignation of Prime Minister Awn Kasawneh. King 'Abdullah blamed Kasawneh, who resigned in the wake of an apparent power struggle with the intelligence establishment, for slowing down reforms. Al-Tarawneh was the fourth person to serve as prime minister in a period of 14 months, signaling the King's readiness to change governments to prevent an uprising on the scale of those witnessed in other parts of the Arab world. …


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