Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
al-Mamlakah al-Urduniyah al-Hashimiyah
Note: In regularly scheduled elections for the lower House of Representatives on November 20, 2007, unofficial results indicated that the Islamic Action Front (IAF) won six seats, and supporters of King Abdullah II won an overwhelming majority. On November 22, the king named Nader al-Dahabi as the new prime minister. Al-Dahabi was expected to form a new government on November 25.
Political Status: Independent constitutional monarchy established May 25, 1946; present constitution adopted January 8, 1952.
Area: 34,495 sq. mi. (89,206 sq. km.), excluding West Bank territory of 2,270 sq. mi. (5,879 sq. km.).[Page 670]
Population: 4,139,458 (1994C); 5,583,000 (2006E). Both figures exclude Palestinians in the West Bank, over which Jordan abandoned de jure jurisdiction in 1988.
Major Urban Center (2005E): AMMAN (2,378,000).
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