AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's royal palace says the king has ordered more elections reforms following the passage of a law rejected as insufficient by the Islamist opposition.
A palace statement says Abdullah II endorsed the law Thursday, letting an independent commission tasked with overseeing the vote later this year get started.
But the statement also asserts that Abdullah wants more changes to give "all political parties" a better chance to win seats.
The law enacted last week gives concessions to the opposition by allowing each voter two votes, compared with one under the previous system. One vote goes to local candidates and the other to a 17-seat national list, giving country-wide ideological alliances like the Islamists a better chance to compete with region- or family-based politicians.
But Islamists say the change was insufficient.