Jordan king urges accelerated parliamentary reforms

November 28, 2010 19:56

 Jordan's King Abdullah II inaugurated a new parliament Sunday with a call for accelerating reforms that have stagnated in the face of conservative tribal opposition.

For the first time publicly, Abdullah admitted that the government's relationship with the previous legislature "suffered from numerous shortcomings that hindered our reform efforts."

"A strong Parliament that exercises its constitutional responsibilities in legislation and monitoring is essential for the realization of our vision for our people," Abdullah told the newly elected 120-seat Chamber of Deputies.

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