Jordan’s new government wins vote of confidence

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AMMAN: The Jordanian government of Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh on Wednesday won a vote of confidence in the House of Representatives, the country’s lower house, with the support of 88 out of 130 deputies. Thirty-eight voted against the government, one abstained and three were absent.

The vote came after Al-Khasawneh responded to comments from MPs on his government’s policy statement, in which he pledged to forge a true partnership and coordinate with lawmakers. Comments were presented by 121 MPs over four days of morning and afternoon marathon sessions.

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In a speech before the vote, the prime minister revealed that schools will reopen at the start of the second semester, in line with a plan to ensure public health. Jordan’s King Abdullah ordered the government to reopen schools and other areas in a systematic manner so that the guarantees protect the country’s health and economy.

Al-Khasawneh, who was chosen by the king to form a new government in October last year, also pledged there would be no new taxes and no borrowing this year. Improving the economy and creating jobs will be a top priority for his administration, he added.

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Jordan’s unemployment rate reached 23.9 percent in the third quarter of last year, according to official estimates, up 4.8 percent from the same period in 2019.

Jordan’s 19th parliamentary election was held in November 2020 under strict security measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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