Published: 2017-11-27 18:59
Last Updated: 2017-11-28 09:44
The Head of Jordan's House of Representatives, Atef Tarawneh, verbally attacked a man on Monday, who expressed his opposition over the parliament’s decision to lift the bread subsidy in the draft state budget of 2018.
After the Finance Minister, Omar Malhas, finished his budget speech in parliament, the man screamed at him in anger, which led Tarawneh to ask him not to interfere, noting that a citizen’s role is to listen to government officials.
The man was immediately led out of parliament by security guards, while Tarawneh resumed voting to pass the budget bill to the Finance Committee.
Malhas had said earlier that the 2018 draft law for the state budget will include, for the first time, a social safety network/cash subsidy with a value of 171 million JOD.
The money will make up for the increasing cost of living brought about by lifting subsidies on commodities that have been a fixture in the economic system for decades, mainly the bread subsidy, the Jordan Times reported.
Jordanians hit back at Tarawneh by using the Twitter hashtag “It is none of your business, citizen” (#مش_شغلك_يا_مواطن).
Translation: People who voted for corrupts is not victims, they are partners in the crime.
Translation: In Jordan, expressing an opinion is not 'business', it is a right guaranteed in the constitution, in the article 15. #It_is_your_right_citizen