Deputy Armouti questions extraordinary session and controversial laws

MP Saleh Al-Armouti  صالح العرموطي
Deputy Saleh Al-Armouti. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Deputy Saleh Al-Armouti criticized the inclusion of 10 laws on the agenda of an extraordinary session, expressing concern over the time-consuming nature of these laws and their need for discussion and referral to committees. Of particular concern were the traffic law and the electronic crimes law, both of which were deemed controversial.اضافة اعلان

Armouti questioned the necessity of calling for an extraordinary session of Parliament, arguing that the laws on the agenda could be addressed during the upcoming regular session. He emphasized that these laws required extensive deliberation and should be referred to committees for thorough discussion.

A lack of consultation
Highlighting a lack of consultation, Armouti wondered why the government had not engaged with the Permanent Bureau in the House of Representatives prior to sending the laws and including them in the "limited duration" extraordinary session. He raised concerns about the government's professed cooperation with the House of Representatives.

The fate of previous electronic crimes law
Furthermore, Armouti expressed curiosity regarding the fate of a previous electronic crimes law, which had been presented to the 18th Parliament but remained with the Senate without being withdrawn by the government.

The deputy pointed out that the previous electronic crimes law had generated controversy in Parliament due to its provision allowing the imprisonment of journalists and the imposition of increased penalties. Armouti underscored the lack of justification for enacting an electronic crimes law while existing legislation on penalties, printing, and publishing was already in place.

He stressed that laws should serve the best interests of the people rather than focusing solely on punishment, as exemplified by the traffic law's inclusion of harsher fines, escalated penalties, and imprisonment for certain offenses.

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