Jordan. King Abdullah dissolved the parliament on
November 24, and a few weeks later, December 9, Prime
Minister Nader Dahabi resigned, after which the king
appointed a close associate, corporate leader Samir
al-Rifai, as new head of government. The outgoing
parliament, dominated by the Islamic Muslim Brotherhood, had
halted many political and economic reforms that the
government and the king wanted to push through. Among other
things, there were changes in the electoral law that would
reduce the Brotherhood's influence and financial austerity
which would reduce the country's budget deficit, calculated
at 7.3 per cent of GDP.
countryaah, Jordan's everyday life was characterized by severe water
shortages during the year. Climate change combined with dam
construction in Jordan and neighboring countries has
resulted in a 95 percent reduction in the flow of water in
the country's most important river Jordan. Many households
had running water in their pipes just one day a week; the
rest of the time they had to buy water. The government
planned to pump water partly through a pipeline from the
underground groundwater source Disy at the border with Saudi
Arabia and partly via a channel from the Red to the Dead
Sea. None of the projects had yet begun.
Three men were sentenced March 16 to 22 and a half years
in prison for planning attacks on a church and against
government buildings in the capital Amman.
Jordan - Amman
Ammaʹn, Arabic ˙Ammān, Hebrew Rabbat Bene ˙Ammon, capital
of Jordan; 1. 8 million residents (2016). Amman, located 1,000 meters above sea
level, 40 km east of Jordan, is built on seven round hills and heavily hilly. It
is Jordan's administrative, commercial and cultural center and the country's
only city with modern infrastructure. After 1948, Amman received a large number
of Palestinian refugees, and these now make up the majority of the population.
Several large refugee camps are located in or around Amman. In the industry,
tobacco, food and textile production are mainly mentioned.
Communities have been around since at least 6000 BC. (Ain Ghazal). Amman was
the capital of the kingdom of the Ammonites (hence the name), but eventually
fell; the city was conquered by the Arabs in 635. Amman lay completely desolate
around 1300, but was rebuilt by the Ottomans in 1878. During the 1970s, large
parts of Amman were destroyed during fighting between Jordanian and Palestinian