Jordanian Prime Minister: Elections could be delayed again
Jordanian Prime Minister Ali Abu Ragheb has raised the possibility his country could again delay highly anticipated general elections if the Middle East crisis deteriorates even further.
"We are waiting until July before making a decision," Abu Ragheb told the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi in an interview reprinted in local newspapers on Saturday.
The fate of the elections, which had been expected in September, depended on the "regional circumstances, of which no one can predict the evolution," he said, referring to more than 19 months of Palestinian fighting against the Israeli occupation.
"King Abdullah II recently evoked the possibility of difficulties in the region which could prevent the holding of elections," Abu Ragheb said. He added his government wanted to go ahead with the polls, but that the final decision rested with the Monarch in conformity with the constitution.
The elections had previously been scheduled for last November, however were postponed following an amendment to the electoral laws. (Albawaba.com)