IAF decries government’s failure to reduce poverty

Islamic Action Front IAF
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AMMAN — The Islamic Action Front (IAF) has said that it is gravely concerned about the high poverty rates in Jordan, with nearly a quarter of the Kingdom’s population, 24.1 percent, being in poverty in the first quarter of 2022 according to the latest announcement from the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. The IAF said Sunday that “it perceives it to be a dangerous indication of an exacerbation of the economic and social crisis and the failure of the existing official approach in managing Jordan’s institutions over successive governments,” according to their website. اضافة اعلان

The IAF said that the “unprecedented” increase in poverty and unemployment rates is evidence that the government’s policies lack any real plan to advance the economic and living reality of citizens. A continued absence of a comprehensive economic vision on the ground, it said, would exacerbate economic problems and increase poverty. According to the Planning Ministry, the poverty rate is expected to reach 27 percent next year, or 3 million people, compared to 1 million people living under the poverty line in 2019.

However, according to the IAF, the government still refuses to announce the yet-undisclosed poverty rate despite an official study having been performed. The party said that these numbers do not reflect the true story of poverty in Jordan, the effects of which manifest as higher crime rates, drugs, and family problems, among others.

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