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Lawyers, doctors association reject lifting fuel subsidies
By Petra - Nov 14,2012 - Last updated at Nov 14,2012
AMMAN — The Jordan Bar Association (JBA) on Tuesday said its members will hold one-hour work stoppages every day, in protest against floating fuel prices.
JBA President Mazen Irsheidat said the bar will resort to escalatory measures in the coming days to stop the government from “settling its budget deficit with the people’s money”.
Meanwhile, the Jordan Medical Association warned that lifting fuel subsidies will lead to a hike in prices and increase medical bills, which will worsen Jordanians’ economic and social situation.
More than 300 citizens staged a sit-in outside the Professional Associations Complex on Saturday in protest against the government’s decision to lift fuel subsidies this year.
The government will likely offer around JD70 in cash payments every year to each member of limited-income families when fuel subsidies are lifted, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said Sunday.
Lawyers on Thursday called for the resignation of Jordan Bar Association (JBA) President Mazen Irsheidat for making an “offensive” statement about the Prophet Mohammad in a TV talk show broadcast earlier this week.
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