Jordan’s Interior Minister Resigns Over Post-Election Curfew Breach


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Jordan’s Interior Minister Tawfiq al-Halalmeh has resigned after mass celebrations were held by supporters of some winning parliamentary candidates, violating a four-day curfew.

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Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh said that the resignation was approved by King Abdullah.

Authorities had imposed a four-day lockdown, where people were not allowed to leave their homes, starting Tuesday night.

The aim was to prevent large post-election celebrations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, videos shared on social media showed several mass celebrations where hundreds of people took to the streets, celebrating their winning candidates, while firing celebratory gunshots in the air.

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Some of them used machine guns.

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