Jordanian gov't survives no-confidence vote

The government survived the vote, with 81 out of 130 MPs voting in the government's favor at a Tuesday session attended by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Nassour.

Jordanian gov't survives no-confidence vote

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Jordanian government on Tuesday survived a parliamentary vote of no-confidence after failing to carry out an earlier parliamentary resolution to expel the Israeli ambassador in Amman following last week's killing of a Jordanian judge by an Israeli border guard.

The government survived the vote, with 81 out of 130 MPs voting in the government's favor at a Tuesday session attended by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Nassour.

Tuesday marked the expiry of a deadline given by parliamentarians to the government to expel the Israeli envoy.

Calls for the diplomat's expulsion came after Jordanian judge Raed Zeiter was shot dead by Israeli soldiers last Monday near the King Hussein Bridge linking Jordan to the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

At the session, al-Nassour said expelling the Israeli ambassador would be "premature," as the results of a joint Israeli-Jordanian investigation into the judge's death had not yet been concluded.

According to Israeli media, Zeiter, 38, had attempted to grab the gun of an Israeli border guard, forcing the latter to shoot him dead.

Israeli President Shimon Peres phoned Jordan's King Abdullah II earlier this week, apologized for the incident and had agreed to a Jordanian request for a joint investigation, Jordan's state-run Petra news agency reported.

Tension had already been simmering between Amman and Tel Aviv after an Israeli MP proposed a new law revoking Jordanian oversight of Palestinian holy sites in violation of a 1994 peace treaty between the two countries.

Last Mod: 18 Mart 2014, 18:00
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