Constitution of Jordan

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The Constitution of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was adopted on 11 January 1952 and has been amended many times.[1] It defines the hereditary monarchic rule with a parliamentary system of representation. It stipulates the separated powers of the state (executive, legislative and judicial), the citizens’ rights and duties, financial affairs and other constitutional regulations.[2]

An Organic Law was promulgated in April 1928 for use under the British mandate. After Jordan gained full independence in May 1946, following the abolition of the British Mandate, a new constitution was formulated, published in the Official Gazette on 1 February 1947, and adopted by the Legislative Council on 28 November 1947. A few years later, the Constitution was liberalized by king Talal and ratified on 1 January 1952. It is generally regarded as liberal, although criticism may arise in regard to the great powers vested in the monarch.[2]

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  1. ^ "Jordan country report", The World Factbook, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, 24 August 2012
  2. ^ a b "The Constitution of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan", The King Hussein library, retrieved 13 September 2012

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