Jordan's first woman MP ruled ineligible to contest upcoming elections

October 23, 2007 18:47

The government on Tuesday rejected a bid from Jordan's first woman legislator to contest upcoming parliamentary elections due to a misdemeanor conviction five years ago. Toujan Faisal, 58, who was in parliament from 1993 to 1997, was ineligible to run in the Nov. 20 election because she only served part of her prison term in 2002 after being released under a special amnesty by Jordan's King Abdullah II that year, said Amman governor Saad al-Wadi al-Manaseer. In May 2002, Jordan's military State Security Court convicted Faisal of harming the state's dignity by accusing former prime minister Ali Aboul-Ragheb and his Cabinet of financial wrongdoing. She was sentenced to 18 months in jail. But the king - the country's ultimate authority - pardoned her after 100 days.

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