Are you planning to travel to Jordan and want to find out about its government before you go? Well, we’ve got you covered with this factsheet on questions you ask most often about Jordan’s government:

Is Jordan a democracy?

As of this writing, the Jordanian Royal Commission has started a three-phase plan to allow political parties within the next decade. This will lead Jordan to be a fully-fledged democracy, which brings us to our next question.

Is Jordan a monarchy?

Yes. The Jordanian monarchy began in 1921 with Abdullah I becoming Emir of the Emirate of Transjordan However, on 25 May 1946 Jordan gained its freedom and became a kingdom. It was then that Abdullah I became the country’s first king.

What type of government does Jordan have?

Today, the Jordan’s government is a constitutional monarchy with a representative government. The reigning monarch is the head of state, chief executive and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The king exercises his power through the prime minister and a range of Jordan government ministries. This cabinet, meanwhile, is in charge of the House of Deputies. This, along with the House of Notables (Senate), makes up the legislative branch of the government. Still, the judicial branch is an independent branch of the government.

How are leaders chosen in Jordan?

Elections in Jordan are for the lower house. There are also local elections. They take place within a political system where the King has complete legislative and executive powers, thus total control. The King of Jordan chooses the Prime Minister who also chooses his own Cabinet.

Who can vote in Jordan?

All Jordanian citizens who are 18 years or older on Election Day have the right to vote. This includes all people who were 17 years old as of 90 days before Election Day. Those who the courts declare bankrupt or insane are not allowed to vote. Jordanians who study or work outside the country must vote in person.

Who is the Prime Minister of Jordan?
Jordan’s current Prime Minister is Bisher Al-Khasawneh.

We hope this Q & A factsheet helped answer some of the basic questions that you’ve had about Jordan’s government.

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