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 percent of GDP.
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.
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 forces.