Senate begins debating constitutional amendments

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A general photo of the Senate. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — On Wednesday, the Senate began debating a draft of amendments to the Constitution, in its session headed by Speaker Faisal Al-Fayez, in the presence of Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh, and members of the Cabinet, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

On Thursday, the Upper House will complete its discussion of the rest of the draft articles after approving 21 articles — as received from the House of Representatives — out of a total of 30 articles of the draft constitutional amendments.

During the debates, a number of senators deplored the link between adding the word “Jordanian women” to the title of the second chapter of the Constitution, and the concerns raised by some about political naturalization and changing the jurisprudential rules for personal status issues for Muslims, stressing that the change does not carry any provisions and is merely a moral honor for women.

At the beginning of the session, the Upper Hous approved the motion of the Lower House to approve the draft law amending the Law of the State Audit Bureau for the year 2020, as amended by the Senate.

The draft amendments to the Jordanian Constitution come according to compelling reasons submitted by the government; to consolidate the principle of the rule of law and separation of powers, and enhance the independence of parliamentary work in a manner that ensures the effectiveness of parliamentary blocs, and guarantees the constitutional oversight role of members of Parliament and the development, promotion, and advancement of legislative performance, and to empower women, youth and people with disabilities and enhance their role and position in society.

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