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Political, economic reform dominate House debate of draft budget

1. House Debate Budget
Lawmakers in discussion during a session of the Lower House of Parliament on February 8, 2022. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — For the second straight day, the Lower House Tuesday debated the 2022 draft state budget and the budget of government units, with political, administrative, and economic reform and the challenge of COVID-19 topping the discussion.اضافة اعلان

During Tuesday’s session, which was chaired by Speaker Abdul Karim Al-Doghmi and attended by Cabinet ministers, some 17 lawmakers who took the floor were unanimous in their demands for an economic recovery strategy addressing the "chronic" budget deficit, indebtedness, and rising unemployment and poverty, a roadmap to attract investment, better services and wage raises for workers and pensioners.

MPs spoke of the need to forge ahead with political, administrative, and economic reform programs with clear goals and a political will to revamp the "administrative reality of institutions", according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

They also urged a reconsideration of the fuel pricing mechanism, the introduction of comprehensive health insurance, a reduction of water loss, improved health services, continued in-class education despite a surge in coronavirus cases, support for the agricultural and tourism sectors, and fairness in Civil Service Commission appointments.


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