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    Jordan Government - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/jordan/jordan_government.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name
      conventional long form: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
      conventional short form: Jordan
      local short form: Al Urdun
      local long form: Al Mamlakah al Urduniyah al Hashimiyah
      former: Transjordan

      Government type constitutional monarchy

      Capital Amman

      Administrative divisions 12 governorates (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah); Ajlun, Al 'Aqabah, Al Balqa', Al Karak, Al Mafraq, 'Amman, At Tafilah, Az Zarqa', Irbid, Jarash, Ma'an, Madaba

      Independence 25 May 1946 (from League of Nations mandate under British administration)

      National holiday Independence Day, 25 May (1946)

      Constitution 8 January 1952

      Legal system based on Islamic law and French codes; judicial review of legislative acts in a specially provided High Tribunal; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage 20 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: King ABDALLAH II (since 7 February 1999); Crown Prince HAMZAH (half brother of the monarch, born 29 March 1980)
      head of government: Prime Minister Ali Abul RAGHEB (since 19 June 2000)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the prime minister in consultation with the monarch
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; prime minister appointed by the monarch

      Legislative branch bicameral National Assembly or Majlis al-'Umma consists of the Senate, also called the House of Notables (Majlis al-Aayan), a 40-member body appointed by the monarch from designated categories of public figures; members serve four-year terms and the House of Representatives, also called the House of Deputies (Majlis al-Nuwaab), an 80-member body elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve four-year terms
      elections: House of Representatives - last held 4 November 1997 (November 2001 election postponed, next to be held NA)
      note: the House of Representatives has been convened and dissolved by the monarch several times since 1974; in November 1989, the first parliamentary elections in 22 years were held
      election results: House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - National Constitutional Party 2, Arab Land Party 1, independents 75, other 2

      Judicial branch Court of Cassation; Supreme Court (court of final appeal)

      Political parties and leaders Al-Umma (Nation) Party [Ahmad al-HANANDEH, secretary general]; Arab Land Party [Dr. Muhammad al-'ORAN, secretary general]; Jordanian Democratic Popular Unity Party [Sa'id DHIYAB, secretary general]; National Constitutional Party [Abdul Hadi MAJALI, secretary general]; Islamic Action Front [Abd al latif al-ARABIYAT, secretary general]; National Action (Haqq) Party [Muhammad al-ZUBI, secretary general]; (Arab) Socialist Ba'th Party [Taysif al-HIMSI, secretary general]; Jordanian People's Democratic (Hashd) Party [Salim al-NAHHAS, secretary general]; Pan-Arab (Democratic) Movement [Mahmud al-NUWAYHI, secretary general]; Constitutional Front [Mahdi al-TALL, secretary general]; Jordanian Progressive Party [Fawwaz al-ZUBI, secretary general]; Communist Party [Munir HAMARINAH, secretary general]

      Political pressure groups and leaders Jordanian Press Association [Sayf al-SHARIF, president]; Muslim Brotherhood [Abd-al-Majid DHUNAYBAT, secretary general]; Anti-Normalization Committee [Ali Abu SUKKAR, president vice chairman]; Jordanian Bar Association [Saleh ARMOUTI, president]

      International organization participation ABEDA, ACC, AFESD, AL, AMF, CAEU, CCC, ESCWA, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MONUC, NAM, OIC, OPCW, OSCE (partner), PCA, UN, UNAMSIL, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMEE, UNMIBH, UNMIK, UNMOP, UNMOT, UNOMIG, UNRWA, UNTAET, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Marwan Jamil MUASHER
      chancery: 3504 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008
      FAX: [1] (202) 966-3110
      telephone: [1] (202) 966-2664

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Edward William GNEHM, Jr.
      embassy: Abdoun, Amman
      mailing address: P. O. Box 354, Amman 11118 Jordan; APO AE 09892-0200
      telephone: [962] (6) 5920101
      FAX: [962] (6) 5920121

      Flag description three equal horizontal bands of black (top, the Abbassid Caliphate of Islam), white (the Ummayyad Caliphate of Islam), and green (the Fatimid Caliphate of Islam) with a red isosceles triangle (representing the Great Arab Revolt of 1916) based on the hoist side bearing a small white seven-pointed star symbolizing the seven verses of the opening Sura (Al-Fatiha) of the Holy Koran; the seven points on the star represent faith in One God, humanity, national spirit, humility, social justice, virtue, and aspirations

      NOTE: The information regarding Jordan on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Jordan Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Jordan Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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