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Jordan’s anti-business backlash scares investors

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi /Reuters AMMAN: At a meeting in the royal palace last month, Jordan’s King Abdullah did not disguise his exasperation with his officials as he listened to a chorus of complaints from foreign investors. Among the frustrated investors was Abu Dhabi property developer Al Maabar, whose plan to build a resort in the granite …


Jordan justice minister resigns

By AFP AMMAN: Jordan said on Wednesday that Justice Minister Salim Zubi has resigned for health reasons, but local media reported he quit in protest over a new electoral law. State news agency Petra said Zubi stepped down leading to a minor cabinet reshuffle as King Abdullah II replaced him with legal affairs minister, Ibrahim …


Arab Bank set for steady growth: chairman

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi / Reuters AMMAN: Arab Bank Group expects steady earnings from its core banking activities this year, cushioned by strong liquidity and a global presence that has minimized the impact of the region’s political turmoil, its chairman said on Wednesday. Abdel Hamid Shoman said he hoped the bank, one of the Middle East’s major …


Jordan PM plans to visit Iraq after Egypt gas cuts

AMMAN: Jordanian Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh said Tuesday he plans to visit Iraq "very soon" to look for alternatives for Egypt’s gas after repeated cut-offs in supplies to the energy-poor kingdom. "I will visit Iraq very soon to discuss the issue. We are still trying with the Qataris as well as the Saudis," Khasawneh told …


Jordan re-enters the fray

By Naseem Tarawnah While King Abdullah has managed to maneuver through the turbulent regional weather of the past decade, hardly a year passes without Jordanians such as myself are forced to wonder: what would his father King Hussein have done? The late monarch’s legacy is as defined by his pursuit of a peaceful resolution to the …


Jordan needs continued talks

By Mohammad K. Shiyyab The situation in the Middle East is unpredictable. At best, one can identify many processes as they unfold: the “Arab Spring”, the proliferation of political Islam, increasing Iranian influence in Iraq coupled with the recent US troop withdrawal there, the uncertain and unacceptable situation in Syria, troubled Turkish-Israeli relations and, more importantly, …


Arab Spring impact major challenge to Jordan king

By Randa Habib / AFP AMMAN: Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who celebrates his 50th birthday on Monday, begins the 14th year of his reign facing urgent popular calls to fight corruption and carry out genuine reforms. It has not been easy for Abdullah since ascending the throne on February 7, 1999 after his father King Hussein …


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