Nov. 24, 2009, midnight
King ABDULLAH II of Jordan on Monday dissolved Parliament two years into its four-year term, giving lawmakers four months to organize new elections. He also called for election reforms that could induce lawmakers to run on national platforms. Critics of the current single non-transferable vote system say it has promoted parochial and "tribal" interests. The King did not give a reason for the dissolution of Parliament, but the press in Jordan has been critical in recent months of the "ineffectiveness" of members as well as corruption scandals linked to them.