Jordan’s monarch approves a state of emergency law to combat coronavirus

Jordan’s monarch approves a state of emergency law to combat coronavirus
A labourer sprays disinfectant in Jordan's archaeological city of Petra south of the capital Amman on March 17, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. ( AFP)
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Updated 17 March 2020

Jordan’s monarch approves a state of emergency law to combat coronavirus

Jordan’s monarch approves a state of emergency law to combat coronavirus
  • The king gave the PM powers under a defense law enacted in times of war and disasters to enforce curfews

AMMAN: Jordan’s King Abdullah approved a law that gives the government sweeping powers to enforce a state of emergency to help it combat the spread of coronavirus, state media said.
The king sealed a royal decree that gave the Prime Minister Omar Razzaz extraordinary powers under a defense law enacted in times of war and disasters to enforce curfews, closing businesses and placing restrictions on freedom of movement of people.
In a letter to Razzaz, the monarch said he approved the law to help combat the virus without infringing on citizens political and civil rights.