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Yearbook 2009

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.

2009 Jordan

According to 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.

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