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"Jordan's 2016 constitutional amendments: A return to absolute monarchy?"

Reader comment on item: Jordan at the Precipice

Submitted by Robert (United States), Oct 17, 2018 at 08:07

Dear Daniel Pipes,

You seem to have overlooked the 2016 Amendment to Jordan's Constitution which increased the kings powers significantly - apparently as a defense against the dangers of the ARAB SPRING.

The article below is a very good discussion of the assault on the country's prior Constitutional Monarchy. However, the "good" news is that the King (Abdullah II) has thereby acquired almost absolute powers to reform Jordan - should the United States though John Bolton, under Trump's administration, should so Demand - particularly with respect to Palestinians also being Jordanians, and resolving the Statelessness of the former, and their alleged "Refugee" status:

"Jordan's 2016 constitutional amendments: A return to absolute monarchy?"
By Sufian Obeidat, 27 May 2016 | CONSTITUTIONNET


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I am aware of it. This is one of many developments in Jordan that I disapprove of. However, it does not impel me to Jordan-is-Palestine, as I think you wish it to.

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