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King, Crown Prince receive cables on Israa wal Miraj

Amman, April 23  — His Majesty King Abdullah II received cables of good wishes from Jordanian officials as the Muslim world marks the religious occasion of Al-Israa Wal Miraj, the Prophet Mohammad’s nocturnal journey to heaven. The King received cables from the Prime Minister, the acting Senate president, the Lower House speaker, president of the Judicial Council, the Royal Court ...

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Foreign Minister, U.S. Secretary of State discuss ties, Mideast issues

Amman, April 23 — Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs, Ayman al-Safadi, on Sunday made a telephone call with U.S. Secretary of State, Rex W. Tillerson, in which they discussed Jordanian-U.S. relations and a number of Middle East issues. They also tackled efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

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Prime Minister orders public institutions to heed electoral campaigning guidelines

Amman, Apr. 23 — Prime Minister Hani Mulki Sunday urged ministries and other public entities to abide by an executive order issued by the Independent Election Commission banning all government employees from electoral campaigning ahead of municipal elections due to be held in mid-August. In a statement circulated to public institutions today, Mulki cited articles of executive instructions that prohibit ...

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PSD Director-General receives Australian Minister

Amman, April 23  — Director-General of the Public Security Department (PSD), Maj. Gen. Ahmad Al Faqih received Sunday Australian Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, and an accompanying delegation as part of an official visit to the Kingdom. The two officials discussed cooperation and exchanging of police and security expertise between the two countries’ public security departments as well as issues ...

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Major agreements signed for petroleum refinery expansion

Amman, Apr. 23 — Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki, on Sunday, patronized the signing of two agreements between the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company (JPRC) and two U.S. oil companies, specializing in oil and refineries’ design, to kick-start the JRPC’s fourth expansion project, estimated at a total cost of about $1.6 billion. The two agreements were signed by JRPC’s CEO, Abdel Karim ...

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House panels okay economic inspection, energy bills

Amman, Apr 23  — The Lower House’s Economic Committee Sunday endorsed the 2017 control and Inspection of economic activities draft legislation, which sets the powers of each government entity to avoid duplicity. MP Kheir Abuseilik, who chaired a committee meeting, attended by the undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply and private sector representatives, said the draft was ...

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House passes legislation on persons with disability

Amman, Apr 23 — The Lower House Sunday passed the 2016 bill on the rights of disabled persons in a session chaired by Speaker Atef Tarawneh and attended by Prime Minister Hani Mulki and cabinet members. The lawmakers deleted a clause that would levy a 50-fils tax on each pack of cigarettes sold, that will go to the Higher Council ...

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Government pushes draft law scrapping article 308

Amman, April 23 — The government on Sunday endorsed a draft law amending the penal code and specifically scrapping article 308 of the law, which spared rapists legal prosecution if they marry their victims and remain married for three years (in misdemeanour convictions) or five years (criminal convictions). The cabinet’s move comes as part of recommendations put forward by a ...

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Lower House refers 11 bills to legal committee

Amman, April 23 — The Lower House of Parliament referred, during its session on Sunday, 11 draft laws related to improving the performance of the judiciary to its legal committee. The session was chaired by House Speaker Atef Tarawneh and attended by Prime Minister Hani Mulki and Cabinet members. The bills came in implementation of recommendations of the Royal Committee ...

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