Elections just got a bit more interesting…
Jordan’s first woman MP to run in November vote
AMMAN — Jordan’s first woman MP said Sunday she would stand in November’s parliamentary election, five years after a military court sentenced her to jail for accusing officials of corruption.
Tujan Faisal, 58, who served in parliament from 1993 to 1997, announced her candidacy in the November 20 polls for Jordan’s Circassian community, to which she belongs.
“I expect the government to say if it has a problem with my decision within 10 days. Otherwise, I will go ahead and exercise my rights,” Faisal said.
“I have obtained legal documents from a magistrates’ court in Amman that enable me to run in the polls. I was put on trial for a political crime,” said Faisal who has a reputation for launching fiery attacks on the authorities.
In 2002, the state security court sentenced her to 18 months in prison for spreading information harmful to the reputation of the state, and for accusing government officials of corruption.
But King Abdullah II pardoned Faisal after she served 100 days, following appeals by Circassians. According to unofficial estimates, Circassians number between 20,000 and 80,000 out of a population of around 6 million. [source]