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The new amendment of the Khasawneh government raises questions about its timing and reasons

Amman Today

publish date 2022-12-23 09:53:30

Compass – Amman

The new cabinet reshuffle, which was conducted by Prime Minister Bishr Al-Khasawneh and included only one portfolio, raised questions and a state of astonishment across communication platforms, about the importance of the reshuffle, especially in such circumstances the country is going through.

Activists confirmed that the Khasawneh government was absent from the events that took place in the country, while insisting on a cabinet reshuffle that was described as provocative to the feelings of Jordanians.

The sudden cabinet reshuffle included the appointment of former Youth Minister Makram Al-Qaisi as Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, to succeed Nayef Al-Fayez, who was appointed Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority.

The amendment came after a few days of protests and strikes by the owners of trucks and public transport vehicles, demanding a reduction in fuel prices.

Prime Minister Al-Khasawneh sparked a great debate about the government’s position on the popular strikes, and its president’s insistence on not responding to the demands of lowering fuel prices.

The new amendment, although limited, opened the door to questions about the mechanism by which the minister is chosen, and even the chairman of the Aqaba Region Authority’s Board of Commissioners, while activists questioned the reason for the dismissal of the former head of the Aqaba Region Authority, as it came without a government clarification.

Politicians and economists sharply criticized the mechanism by which the government deals with the truck strike crisis and the public transport sectors, which plunged the country into a new crisis.

They warned of the danger of continuing the government’s approach to this crisis, which is expanding, especially after the comprehensive strike in the city of Ma’an, which came as a protest against the rise in fuel prices, and in solidarity with truck owners.

They considered that the patchwork solutions approved by the government would not succeed in defuse the crisis, in light of the suffering of Jordanians that has been accumulating for several years, while others suggested the resignation of the provocative government and the formation of a national salvation government that would get the country out of the crisis it is going through.

The Jordanian Strategies Forum issued its annual analysis of the public budget, through which it aims to place the 2023 budget in its social and economic context, recommending the need to reconsider current tax expenditures, and work to reduce them wherever possible, as they represent lost revenues for the government, while continuing to increase Tax collection efficiency

He said in a paper that public spending increased by a growth rate of 8.3%, noting that the number of “new” capital investment projects for the fiscal year 2023 amounted to about 199 projects.

With regard to the item of retirement and compensation of workers, he continued, that its rate constitutes about 65% of the total current expenditures. When adding what is spent on public debt interests (domestic and foreign), this percentage reaches 82% of total current expenditures.

Earlier, the government approved the 2023 budget, expecting the budget deficit after external grants to reach $2.5 billion, and inflation to reach 3.8 percent, with a real growth rate of 2.7 percent at constant prices.

Jordanian Finance Minister Muhammad Al-Ississ presented in a press conference the most prominent elements of the 2023 budget, according to which the deficit in the balance of payments as a percentage of GDP is 6.1 percent.

Regarding public revenues, Al-Ississ said that they will reach $13.5 billion, an increase of 7.4 percent over 2022, pointing out that the budget has allocated $500 million to spend on the “vision of economic modernization,” while $56 million has been allocated for the administrative reform plan.

With regard to the public debt, the Minister of Finance said that it will reach $45 billion in the next year’s budget, which constitutes about 87 percent of the gross domestic product, while the gross domestic product reached $52 billion.

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