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Tweeps hold forth on gov't decision to lift fuel subsidies
By Khetam Malkawi - Nov 14,2012 - Last updated at Nov 14,2012
AMMAN — Opinions on the government’s decision to liberalise prices of fuel dominated Twitter over the past two days with some serious tweets and other “sarcastic” comments condemning the move.
Those who criticised the decision blamed successive governments for leading the country to this “crisis”.
“I’m wondering who makes economic policies, if all government policies are rendered impractical by most economists,” @HasanJadallah tweeted late on Tuesday.
Economic analyst Yusuf Mansur responded with: “News: There are no economic policies in #JO, none. We have good PR and #econjo [economy of Jordan] is up to whims of executive branch.”
Mohammad AlAbed, another Jordanian tweep, blamed failed policies and corruption for the decision. Using the twitter handle @Aboosh, he said: “[Prime Minister Abdullah] Ensour is not the person to be blamed for this decision, as this was the result of failed policies, corruption and a lack of vision.”
Former officials had their share of comments on Twitter as well.
Former minister of tourism Suzanne Afaneh was positive in one of her tweets, pointing out that Jordan is not the only country adopting such measures.
“It’s a painful measure. But Jordan is not alone in trying to cut spending and subsidies to avoid bankruptcy #Greece #Italy #Spain #UK,” @SuzanneAfaneh tweeted.
Journalists were also active on Twitter, conveying different messages.
“This is time for finding solutions on how to keep children warm, their stomachs full and their dreams alive. That is the priority,” journalist Randa Habib said.
Batir Wardam, a columnist at Ad Dustour newspaper, compared the situation in Jordan to that in Greece.
“#Jordan is becoming like #Greece but #Saudi Arabia is not like #Germany. #ReformJO,” @batirw noted.
Some tweeps were sarcastic about the decision.
“Ensour stressed that the decision to liberalise fuel prices was adopted to encourage sports and walking...,” @mah_ban tweeted.
“Urgent: a used gas cylinder for sale…” @Mayousef posted on Twitter.
“With the hike in prices of gas cylinders…Mother: Promise us you will cook,” @AlaaTarawneh joked.
Meanwhile, some tweeps called on those who are planning to protest to hold peaceful demonstrations and not destroy public property.
“It is good to talk and protest… but do not destroy our country…” @JudeGw posted.
Others stressed that the Jordanian streets are witnessing protests, not revolutions.
“It’s NOT a revolution in #Jordan, it’s protesting on the significant increase in fuel’s price,” @NadeenR tweeted.
Tweeps in Jordan on Saturday condemned riots witnessed in some parts of the country after the announcement of the parliamentary election results.
Watan’s week, an initiative launched by Jordanian Twitter user Omar Sukhon, promotes the Kingdom’s governorates and cities through tweeting information about them.
Jordanian tweeps called for imposing stiffer penalties on students involved in recent violence at Mutah University, calling for launching a day to be celebrated annually in rejection of campus violence.
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