Lower House to re-enter discussions on ‘energy-for-water’ memo on Wednesday

Lawmakers attend a Lower House session on November 22, 2021. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Lower House will discuss the controversial letter of intent signed by the government with the UAE and Israel last month in its Wednesday session, it was announced.  اضافة اعلان

The Lower House’s initial attempt to debate the water-for-energy deal fell through last Wednesday when deputies walked out of the session in protest of the presence of Minister of Water Mohammad Al-Najjar. Speaker Abdel Karim Al-Dhogmi had to adjourn the meeting after he announced that there was nothing in the by-laws about ejecting a minister from Lower House a session.

Seventy-six deputies had requested a special session to debate the agreement, which most lawmakers denounce as normalization with Israel with little benefit to the Kingdom.

The government is yet to provide information about the proposed project between Jordan, Israel, and the UAE under which the latter will finance building a solar farm in southern Jordan that will generate clean energy to be sold to Israel in return for 200 million cubic meters of desalinated water annually.

Meanwhile, for the third week running, hundreds of Jordanians marched in protest of the deal after Friday prayers in downtown Amman. Demonstrators called for scrapping the deal along with the natural gas agreement between Jordan and Israel. The government had said earlier that once a formal agreement is signed with the other two parties then the document will be sent to the Lower House for debate.

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