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Jordan to Hold Parliamentary Election in November

Jordan has set parliamentary elections for November 20 after King Abdullah issued a decree dissolving the lower house.

The election date was decided Tuesday during a Cabinet session.

King Abdullah decided to dissolve the 110-member Chamber of Deputies on Sunday in preparation for the elections.

The kingdom held its first municipal elections last month, in which voters picked mayors and council members in all regions apart from Amman. The king retained his authority to make municipal appointments in the capital.

Jordan's main opposition party, the Islamist Action Front, boycotted the vote, accusing the government of fraud.

In a separate development Tuesday, Jordanian Finance Minister Zeyad Fariz resigned from the government.

According to reports, the government recently overruled Fariz's recommendation to raise fuel prices to ease a budget deficit.