Parliamentary elections will be held in Jordan before the end of the year with the new legislature expected to meet in early December, Jordan's prime minister Maaruf al-Bakhit said on Friday.
In an interview on Jordanian TV, the premier did not state the exact date for the election but said next week's municipal elections involved such a big commitment that the legislative elections would naturally have to be delayed until these were completed.
Well-informed government sources expect Jordan's King Hussein will dissolve the parliament at the beginning of August and that the government will use existing electoral laws for holding an election by November 20.
Opposition parties have called for the electoral laws to be modernised and made more democratic. They have criticised the government for delaying the announcement of the precise date for the elections.
Jordan is holding municipal elections on Tuesday and many candidates are expected to draw support from family and tribal links.
The Jordan Times said 2,700 candidates have registered to run for positions as councillors or local mayors.
The largest opposition party, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), has complained about the electoral system and is reported to have resorted to family links in a bid to win municipal seats.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2007, 19:13