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Government, Legislature

electoral laws, Chamber of Deputies, upper house, monarch, refugee camps

The Jordanian parliament, called the National Assembly, is comprised of two houses. A measure passed in 1986 called for enlargement of the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, to 142 members, with 71 representing constituencies in Jordan, 60 representing districts in the West Bank, and 11 elected by West Bank Palestinians living in refugee camps in Jordan. After Jordan abandoned its claim to represent the Palestinians in 1988, the electoral laws were again revised, and 80 legislative seats were contested in the elections of 1989, 1993, and 1997. The upper house, or Senate, consists of 40 members who are appointed by the monarch, subject to approval by the Chamber of Deputies.



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