Reforms to strengthen Jordanian parliament

AMMAN - Jordan's King Abdullah said on Sunday proposals for reforms to transfer some of his powers to parliament and enhance civil liberties would pave the way for a prime minister chosen by a parliamentary majority.
Under pressure from the demonstrations sweeping the Arab Middle East and protests at home, the monarch in April appointed a panel of elder statesmen to draw up changes to the kingdom's 1952 constitution.
"These historic constitutional revisions reflect the high level of political maturity among Jordanians," the monarch told the panel during a ceremony in the palace at which he was presented with the document proposing the extensive reforms.
The proposals roll back past alterations to the constitution that have been criticized for sidelining parliament and eroding governments' executive powers, while enabling the security apparatus to grow in influence and personal freedoms to be whittled away.
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