Palestinian politician in Jordan’s name dropped from electoral list

Published August 17th, 2016 - 09:30 GMT
A meeting in the Jordanian parliament (AFP/File)
A meeting in the Jordanian parliament (AFP/File)

Jordanians of Palestinian descent constitute a large number of the Jordanian population, but some Jordanian citizens actually grew up in the Palestinian territories. Former prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority Ahmed Qurei is one of such dual citizens, and sought to run for Jordanian office this year.

However, Qurei’s name has been dropped from an electoral list in Jordan, Al Anbat News reports. The Civil Status and Passports Department has removed his name from a list of candidates in a decision the website calls “political.”

Citing unnamed official sources, Al Anbat claims that the department removed Qurei’s name from the list in a “political” decision due to Qurei having served in the Palestinian National Authority.

Jordan is set to have general elections in September.

In general, the removal seems to lack details. The spokesman for the Jordanian Independent Commission for Elections, Jihad Momani said they only remove names in accordance with the law, Al Anbat wrote. He also reportedly said the commission received no information on Qurei, his kids, or even his grandkids from the Ministry of Interior.

Qurei was also talked about as being a possible successor to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas recently, interestingly enough.

Where in the world is Qurei’s name?


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