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Beleaguered Jordan will squeeze opposition space

Friday, September 18, 2020

Significance

This comes following high tensions with teachers, who engaged in a series of widespread protests after the Attorney-General ordered the closure of the Teachers' Union and forcible dissolution of its leadership on July 25. There were scores of arrests and an unprecedented reporting ban.

Impacts

  • The government will lack capacity to fulfil economic pledges made to public sector workers in 2019.
  • Further setbacks to the much-delayed political reform process will complicate Western pledges of financial support.
  • If November elections are compromised, the current government of Omar al-Razzaz could face dissolution.
  • Negotiations for Emirati aid could lead to harsher measures against the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkish or Qatari influence.
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