Under defense orders, gov’t handled public gatherings with double standards — Armouti

Amman during lockdown. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The protracted defense orders; first issued following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020, are coming under increasing fire from lawmakers who blame the government for politicizing the defense orders, and handling public gatherings with double standards; allowing festivals and concerts to take place, while banning political party gatherings and imposing unwarranted restrictions that are paralyzing the country.اضافة اعلان

Lawmaker Saleh Al-Armouti told Jordan News that the implementation of the defense orders was inconsistent. “Being lenient and allowing festivals with large crowds helped spread the disease and increase the death rate,” he said, describing the repercussions of a worsening pandemic situation on citizens as “crimes against humanity” adding that the “government should bear the brunt” of the rise in the number of COVID-19 related fatalities.

Armouti said the government should have resorted to the Public Health Law Number 22, which “has sufficient control over preventative measures,” rather than impose defense orders, which he said “must cease”. It should not be permissible for the prime minister to continue to use defense orders for a year and several months, Armouti noted. “We must exercise our democratic and constitutional rights, whether through filing a lawsuit against the government or through a memorandum on a no-confidence vote.”

Nobody can deny us our constitutional right, insisted Armouti, adding that a citizen’s life, dignity, and humanity must be respected and preserved. Political development and reform cannot not hand in hand with “unilateral decisions taken by the prime minister,” and hence “the defense orders must stop”.

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