Deputy Armouti criticizes Land Law inclusion, fears crisis

MP Saleh Al-Armouti  صالح العرموطي
Deputy Saleh Al-Armouti. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Deputy Saleh Al-Armouti criticized the inclusion of amendments to the Real Estate Property Law in the agenda of the extraordinary  session. He firmly believed that this law would inevitably lead the Lower House into another crisis similar to the one following the debate of the Cybercrimes Law.اضافة اعلان

He stated that there is a prevailing sentiment within the Lower House to reject the proposed law as presented by the government. The reason behind this opposition lies in the presence of controversial articles that would grant the Cabinet and ministers the authority to allocate public lands to companies and individuals without adequate checks and balances, Jo24 reported.

Allows the Cabinet to authorize lands, irrespective of any other law
He further explained that the law contains a provision that allows the Cabinet to authorize public lands, irrespective of any other law, which poses a significant danger. This provision contradicts the State Properties Management Law, which imposes restrictions on public land allocations. Armouti found it perplexing why such a provision was included in the law, suggesting that it might be an attempt to circumvent the State Properties Management Law.

Additionally, he pointed out the ambitions of certain foreign parties to acquire lands in Jordan, including "some individuals of Jewish descent", who seek to purchase lands or invest as entrepreneurs. He emphasized the need for lawmakers to be cautious and not facilitate such endeavors.

Similar opportunities to Jordanian citizens
Moreover, he highlighted that other Jordanian laws have traditionally included a reciprocity clause, ensuring that countries whose citizens wish to invest in Jordan or purchase lands must offer similar opportunities to Jordanian citizens. This principal stems from the fact that the law in the Zionist entity prohibits the sale of lands to foreigners, he added.

Armouti expressed concern over the current law's provisions, which allow the authorization of large plots of land, even exceeding 20 dunams, for individuals, companies, and investors, and also permit their subsequent sale to others. These provisions raise serious questions about the law's true intentions and implications.

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