Jordan passes reformed law for 2012 elections
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's legislature has passed elections reforms in advance of a parliamentary vote scheduled for later this year.
Street protesters had demanded changes to the previous law dating from 2001, which the Islamist opposition says favors pro-government candidates and produces docile legislatures.
The new law gives a significant concession to the opposition by allowing each eligible voter two votes, compared with one under the previous system. One vote goes to local candidates and the other to a national list, giving country-wide ideological alliances like the Islamists a better chance to compete with region- or family-based politicians.
The law, passed late Tuesday and distributed to the media Wednesday, also increased seats in the Chamber of Deputies from 120 to 140.
A final date for the vote has not yet been set.
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