King opens Parliament’s 2nd ordinary session

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AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah opens today the second ordinary session of the 19th Jordanian Parliament with the Speech from the Throne, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

Following the Speech from the Throne, the 29th Senate will hold its first session, chaired by its President Faisal Fayez, to elect his two deputies and their assistants, as well as members of the committee that will draft a response to the King’s speech.

The Lower House will also hold its inaugural session, chaired by the longest serving lawmaker, aided by the two youngest members present, as stipulated in Article 3 of the House’s bylaws, to elect a new Parliament Speaker.

In case more than two candidates vie for the post, the candidate who wins half plus one of the votes of attending members becomes speaker. If only two candidates contest the post, the winner will be the one who wins a majority of the House votes.

After the new Speaker is elected, lawmakers vote to designate the first and second deputy speakers, as required in the bylaws.

After electing the members of the permanent office (the president, his two deputies, and assistants), the House chooses the committee that will draft its response to the Speech from the Throne, which will be submitted to the King after being approved by the full House. At the start of each ordinary session, lawmakers also elect members of the 15 permanent parliamentary committees.

During its six-month regular session, the House will discuss government budgets and its special units for the fiscal year 2023, in preparation for getting it approved, at least one month before the start of the fiscal year, pursuant to the provisions of Article 112 of the Constitution, as well as the articles of legislation suggested the government, the 50 other bills under consideration by the permanent committees, and the Audit Bureau reports for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Since its election two years ago, the current Parliament has passed 56 laws, discussed 150 queries, and sent 244 memoranda to the government.

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