Jordan

Mychal Sanders


according to CIA.factbook

Who is the head of state in your country? 
King Abdullah II, king since 7 February 1999

What type of government does your country have?
Constitutional monarchy

Which countries in the Middle East are your major allies?
Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

Which countries world-wide are your major allies?
The United States

What major international organizations does your country belong to?
The United Nations

What are three major political issues that your country is dealing with at this time?
A lot of the Palestinian population is uneasy about the close alliance with the United States.
Terrorist acts have deeply affected Jordan four times since 2002.
The addition of 500,000 to 750,000 Iraqi refugees has been a burden on the state.
As of January 2007, King Abdullah has been discussing nuclear power as part of “peaceful/energy purposes”.

 If your country has political parties, what are they and what do they stand for?
Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party, Ba'ath Arab Progressive Party, Call Party, Democratic People's Party, Democratic Popular Unity, Islamic Action Front or IAF, Islamic Center Party, Jordanian Communist Party, Jordanian National Party, Jordanian United Front, Life Party, Message Party, National Constitution Party, National Movement for Direct Democracy.

Who can vote in your country?
The Chamber of Deputies, also called the House of Representatives or Majlis al-Nuwaab (110 seats; members elected using a single, non-transferable vote system in multi-member districts to serve four-year terms); note - 6 seats are reserved for women, 9 seats are reserved for Christian candidates, 9 seats are reserved for Bedouin candidates, and 3 seats are reserved for Jordanians of Chechen or Circassian descent
elections: Chamber of Deputies - last held on 20 November 2007 (next scheduled to be held in 2011); note - a royal decree was issued to dissolve the Chamber of Deputies, effective 24 November 2009; no date announced for early elections
election results: Chamber of Deputies - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - IAF 6, independents and other 104; note - seven women serve in the Assembly, six of whom filled women's quota seats and one was directly elected.

What is the size of your military?
Males age 16-49: 1,646,215
Females age 16-49: 1,579,268 (2010 est.)

Has your country fought in any wars in the last 10 years?
They have participated in absorbing refugees of Iraq, and supported the Coalition ouster of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, but has not been in fighting directly in any war for the past ten years.

When did your country become independent?
25th of May 1946

When did it last revise its constitution?
Associations Law, 2008

Which countries does it view as a threat or does it have conflicts with?
Iraq

What is the relationship between religion and the government/public sector in your country?
Islam is the constitutionally recognized state religion, but the Jordanian Constitution also safeguards “the free exercise of all forms of worship and religious rites in accordance with the customs observed in the Kingdom.” Roughly 92 percent of the population is Sunni Muslim, 2 percent is Shiite or Druze, 6 percent is Arab Christian, including Greek Orthodox, Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox and Coptic Christians.

In reality, does your country have freedom of the press, assembly and speech?
The Jordanian media have traditionally been under tight state control. (BBC profile)

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