Transjordanian general election, 1929

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General elections were held in Transjordan on 2 April 1929, the first in the country's history.[1]

Background[edit]

Following the preparation of electoral laws and a draft constitution by the Jordanian authorities in 1923, the British government declared an intention to recognise the independence of the country and prepare a treaty.[1] However, the treaty was not signed until 20 February 1928.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

The 1928 basic law provided for a unicameral Legislative Council. The 16 elected members were joined by the six-member cabinet, which included the Prime Minister.[1] The term length was set at three years.[1]

Results[edit]

The sixteen elected members were:

  • Najeeb al-Shraideh
  • Abdallah al-Kulayb
  • Oqla Mohammad al-Nsuir
  • Najeeb Abu al-Sha'ar
  • Sa`id al-Mufti
  • Ala'a al-Dien Touqan
  • Shams al-Dien Sami
  • Saeed al-Saleepi
  • Mohammad al-Ensi
  • Najeeb al-Ibrahim
  • Ata Allah a-Shemat
  • Refefan al-Majali
  • Odeh al-Qsous
  • Saleh al-Oran
  • Hamad Bin Jazi
  • Methqal al-Fayez

After being appointed Director of Antiquities, Ala'a al-Dien Touqan resigned from the council. In a by-election held on 14 November 1929, Nadmi Abd Al-Hadi was elected to replace him.[1]

Aftermath[edit]

Hassan Khalid Abu al-huda remained Prime Minister, and joined the Council along with the ministers Reda Tawfiq, Hussam al-Dien Jaar Allah, Aref al-Aref, Abd al-Rahman Ghareeb and Alin Karkbried.[1] On 17 October 1929 al-Huda formed a new government, which included Ibrahim Hashem, Tawfik Abu al-Huda, Ala'a al-Dien Touqan, Odeh al-Qsous and Sa`id al-Mufti.[1]

The council was dissolved on 9 January 1931 after rejecting the budget annex.[1] Early elections were held on 10 June.[1]

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