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Sunday January 19, 2020

The House of Representatives passes a majority proposal for a bill to ban the import of Israeli gas


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The Jordanian parliament on Sunday approved a proposal for a draft law banning the import of gas from Israel, and referred it to the government “to walk in and give it the status of urgency,” according to Parliament Speaker Atef Tarawneh. The parliament vote comes about three weeks after the kingdom started importing gas from Israel under a 15-billion-dollar deal with a duration of 15 years.

Voice Jordanian Parliament Sunday in favor of a parliamentary proposal to enact a law prohibiting the import of gas from Israel and referred it to the government.

The parliament vote comes about three weeks after the kingdom started importing gas from Israel under a 15-billion-dollar deal with a duration of 15 years.

At the beginning of the session, Speaker of the Legal Committee in the House of Representatives Abdel Moneim Al-Odat recited the proposal of the draft law. Then Speaker of the Council, Atef Tarawneh, asked the parliamentarians supporting the text to stand up.

The proposal states that “the government, with its ministries, public institutions, and companies owned by it, is prohibited from importing the gas from Israel” and “to refer it to the government to put it in the form of a draft law (…) and present it to the House of Representatives.”

After most of the deputies stood, Tarawneh said in the session broadcast on Jordanian television in the presence of Prime Minister Omar Al-Razzaz, “the majority, with transferring it to the government to proceed with it and give it the status of urgency.”

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The session took place after a note sent to the council with the signing of 58 deputies out of 130 in the council last month.

And Friday, hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated in the center of Amman, demanding the agreement be canceled, raising banners saying “We will not mortgage ourselves to the occupation, and we will not be partners in crime”, “Enemy gas is occupation” and “Shame agreement, colonialism”.

Jordan and Israel have been linked to a peace treaty since 1994 that also includes economic ties between the two countries. But the relations between the two sides are not at their best.

The Jordanian government defended the agreement, saying it would save $ 600 million annually in state energy expenditures. Jordan is witnessing difficult economic conditions in light of a public debt exceeding forty billion dollars.

/ AFP

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