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As a preventive measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chairman of Jordan’s House of Representatives has decided to postpone all unnecessary parliamentary sessions.[1] According to article 66 (2) of the Jordanian Constitution, if the House of Representatives suspends its sessions, the Senate suspends its sessions as well. ¬†

While the House of Representatives is out of session, the Cabinet (with the approval of the King) has the authority to issue provisional laws addressing the following matters:

  • General disasters
  • States of war and emergency
  • The need for necessary and urgent expenditures that cannot be postponed

Such provisional laws have the force of law, provided they are submitted to Parliament (House of Representatives and Senate) in a combined session to review them when it resumes its functions.[2]

There are no information concerning regulations or procedures pertaining to how members of parliament operate their offices when they are unable to travel due to an emergency.

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Prepared by George Sadek
Foreign Law Specialist
March 2020

[1] Postponing the Sunday Session of the House of Representatives, The Kingdom (Mar. 14, 2020), (in Arabic).

[2] Jordan Const. of 1952, art. 94 (amended 2016), (in Arabic).

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Last Updated: 12/30/2020