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Youth voice hope, eagerness for ‘real change’ from new gov’t

[6/18/2018 5:33:10 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Omar Razzaz's new government formation has "rejuvenated" the expectations of many Jordanian youth, while it "disappointed" many others, who voiced hope that the Fourth Circle protests will not "go in vain". "Razzaz has shown great performances during his time at the Education Ministry, so we are hopeful that he will also excel in leading the new government, even if some ministers remained unchanged," 21-year-old Qutaiba Bashabsheh told The Jordan Times on Monday, adding "Jordanians are not greedy, but they are not naïve either; all we want is a decent life so people can stay here and serve their land instead of resorting to emigration." "We aspire for the economic situation to be the focus of the new government, by offering more job opportunities, reasonable living costs, and a transparent and fair tax environment," Bashabsheh continued. For activist Noor Abu Goush, the new team, which includes 15 ministers from the previous government, was "disappointing" and raises many question marks. "We felt that the promised 'change in the approach' was not met as the new ministerial team is, again, not representative of the society's various spectrums, with no new or young faces joining the scene." "Since the first step was not what we hoped, we now aspire for an open dialogue with the people, youth empowerment, a concrete implementation of the paper plans, and a boost in the economic situation," she pointed out, stressing "the prime minister's communication with the people through social media is very positive and unprecedented, but we want to see a tangible effect of this communication, not only as a mean for appeasing the public anger.” For Mohammad Abu Driaa, a chemistry student at the University of Jordan, "the government should not only start discussions with associations and political parties for the sake of dialogue, but also for the sake of rescuing the country by dealing with corruption and tax evasion, limiting the government's expenditures and breaking the dominance of the International Monetary Fund." "The government shouldn't isolate itself from the street and it should stop its arrogant attitude towards the people," Abu Driaa stressed, adding "a comprehensive change and a cumulative development can be reached by realising and taking into considerations the society's demands.” Twenty-four-year-old Asma Al Sardy voiced her hope to see Razzaz's government make "a real change" and help move the country towards productivity. On social media, a number of youth movements called for a 100-day-long chance to be given to the new government, claiming they will go to the streets again if no change is seen. "Our demands are clear and heard; now it is not a matter of time but of achievement," stated 28-year-old activist Mohammad Qasem, adding "our most important demand is changing the government approach, which includes a new Election Law for the Parliament that is not based on geography, but on competence, and this will lead us to the optimum goal of an elected government that is representative of the people and realises its needs and demands." Qasem also stressed that the punishment of corrupt people is "the first step" to saving the country's economy. "There must be strict laws and censorship to fight corruption, which has reached severe levels over the course of several governments," he claimed. For his part, Razzaz on Sunday said that the new government formation was "not meant to change all faces", but rather to form an economic team that is aware of the social dimensions of financial decisions. In a Facebook post he published to answer rumours circulated on social media, the premier stressed: "The team has set several goals to achieve, which we will be held accountable for." He also noted that he is keen on following up with the people on social media, emanating from his belief in their constructive role, which contributes to a wider dialogue and a direct communication with people. Razzaz added that the government will announce several measures by the end of the week, where tools for communication with the people will be announced so as to take their ideas and suggestions into consideration. "The path is long and difficult, but it is attainable with your efforts with us towards achieving the same goal; and the path is not lonely if we walk together towards a better future," Razzaz concluded. *JT

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King urges progress in efforts to resolve Palestinian-Israeli conflict on basis of two-state solution

[6/18/2018 5:29:49 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah, at a meeting on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who departed Jordan after a short visit, stressed the need to make progress in efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution and in accordance with international law, relevant UN resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative. King Abdullah reaffirmed that the only way to achieve peace and stability in the region is by reaching a two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with Israel in peace and security. The subject of Jerusalem, His Majesty reiterated, must be settled as part of final status issues on the basis of the two-state solution, underlining the importance of the holy city for Muslims and Christians, as it is for Jews, and reiterating that the holy city is key to achieving peace in the region. The King affirmed that Jordan will continue upholding its historical role in safeguarding Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, in accordance with the Hashemite Custodianship. Discussions at the meeting also covered a number of bilateral issues, including the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, which will have a positive impact on Jordan, the West Bank, and Israel. An agreement was reached to study lifting restrictions on exports to the West Bank, a step that would bolster commercial and investment exchange between the Jordanian and the Palestinian markets. Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, General Intelligence Department Director Maj. Gen. Adnan Jundi, Adviser to His Majesty and Director of the Office of His Majesty Manar Dabbas, and Adviser to His Majesty for Economic Affairs Mohamad Al Ississ attended the meeting.

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Turkish military patrols outskirts of Kurdish-militia dominated Syrian city

[6/18/2018 5:27:47 PM]

AMMONNEWS - In corporation with US troops, Turkish armed forces have begun patrolling the Kurdish-held city of Manbij in northern Syria on Monday, in conformance with a US agreement to reduce tensions in the region. The Turkish army released a statement saying that “patrol activities had begun” between Manbij and an area it controls after a 2016-2017 military incursion. State-run news agency Anadolu, headquartered in the capital, Ankara, said that Turkish armored vehicles have been patrolling “on the Manbij frontline.” Manbij is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish militia-dominated umbrella group that Turkey considers a terror group but is supported by the US, which has made the city a major flashpoint between the two states. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed on a road map for reduced tensions in the city earlier this month. The move comes as Turkey prepares for tight presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, with many analysts noting that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants a major foreign policy success to give him a final boost. *AFP

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Police nab a "wanted" suspect in Deir Ala' region

[6/18/2018 5:25:04 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The West Balqa Police Directorate arrested a "wanted" suspect with 27 judicial subpoenas in Deir Ala' region without resistance. Director of West Balqa Police, Brigadier Ammar al-Qudah, said in a statement on Monday the outlaw was apprehended after the area's criminal investigation crews received tip-offs on his whereabouts, adding the person was referred to judicial authorities to begin the necessary legal measures.

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Slight drop in temperatures, moderate weather to pevail at mountains

[6/18/2018 5:22:32 PM]

AMMONNEWS - A slight drop in temperatures is expected on Monday as mild weather is forecast in the mountainous areas. It will be also relatively hot to warm in the rest of the Kingdom, and wind northwesterly moderate, sometimes active in the afternoon, causing dust in the desert regions, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said in its daily brief. At night, the weather is mild in most areas, moderate in the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, with northwesterly moderate winds. The temperature will rise on Tuesday, and it will be moderate in the mountainous areas, and relatively warm in the desert, the Jordan Valley, Aqaba and the Dead Sea, with northwesterly moderate winds, sometimes active in the afternoon, added JMD. On Wednesday, a slight rise in temperatures is forecast, and the weather will be relatively hot in the mountainous areas, and very hot in the Jordan Valley, Aqaba and the Dead Sea, and the wind northwesterly moderate, sometimes active, the JMD pointed out.

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Gov’t amends fuel prices

[5/31/2018 5:34:35 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The government pricing committee on Thursday set the price of unleaded 90-octane gasoline at JD0.860 per litre for June instead of JD0.815, while unleaded 95-octane gasoline will be sold at JD0.1100 per litre instead of JD0.1050. Kerosene and solar were priced at JD0.645 per litre instead of JD 0.615, according to the committee. The committee noted that the price of gas cylinder will remain unchanged at JD7 despite their actual increase to JD8.60 internationally. The fuel pricing committee meets monthly to adjust fuel prices to correspond with a formula applied since February 2008 according to a Cabinet decision.

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King receives phone call from King of Bahrain

[5/7/2018 1:08:04 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday received a telephone call from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, during which they discussed bilateral relations and means of enhancing them as well as a number of regional issues.

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