AMMAN 

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Wednesday issued a decree to hold parliamentary elections, according to the country’s royal court.

The date of the polls will be scheduled within 10 days, al-Mamlaka TV said, citing the Independent Election Commission.

Wednesday’s decree means the dissolution of parliament and the imminent departure of the government.

The polls will be held at a time when Jordan is grappling with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and tension over an Israeli plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

*Bassel Barakat contributed to this report from Ankara

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