Interior Minister Samir Mobeideen and Justice Minister Bassam Talhouni resign after violating COVID restrictions.
Jordan’s interior and justice ministers resigned after attending a dinner at a restaurant that violated coronavirus restrictions their own ministries are supposed to enforce.
Prime Minister Bisher al Khasawneh on Sunday accepted the resignation of Interior Minister Samir Mobeideen and Justice Minister Bassam Talhouni, after they werThe accused, according to a government source, “of having violated the emergency law” – a few days after its implementation stem a month-old outbreak of infections caused by a more contagious variant of the virus.
Jordanian news site Ammon claimed ministers attended a dinner at a restaurant in Amman with a total of nine people, while the law allowed a maximum of six people.
Their appearance in a public banquet hall, in defiance of social distancing rules, has added to widespread outrage over heavy fines imposed on ordinary citizens as officials go unpunished for attending receptions with far more than 20 guests allowed.
Tawfiq Krishan, Deputy Prime Minister and Head of Local Administration, has been appointed the new Minister of the Interior.
Ahmed Ziyadat, Secretary of State for Legal Affairs, has been appointed Minister of Justice.
Police have arrested dozens of people for breaking stay-at-home orders in recent weeks and shutting down hundreds of stores and businesses in one of the toughest crackdowns in a year of closures and restrictions .
The government has also deployed more troops to hundreds of checkpoints to enforce last Thursday’s decision to put in place a midnight to 10 p.m. curfew.
Officials say the latest wave of infections was caused by people flouting restrictions on movement.
Under the new rules, anyone who does not wear a face mask in public can be fined up to 100 dinars ($ 140), a punitive sum in a relatively poor country where the pandemic has pushed unemployment to record levels .
The kingdom, with a population of around 10 million, has recorded 380,268 coronavirus infections and 4,627 deaths.