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AMMAN: Jordan’s tourism and education ministers resigned Thursday in response to the flash floods near the Dead Sea that killed 21 people- mostly children.

The Minister of Tourism Lina Annab and Minister of Education Azmi Mahafzah submitted their resignation to Prime Minister Omar Al-Razzaz after several members of parliament called for the two ministers to be dismissed earlier this week because the outing had been authorised despite warnings of bad weather. 

Annab said that she had resigned from her post as Minister of Tourism and Antiquities “in light of the general political climate and the painful situation that our beloved country experienced and is experiencing.”

It has not yet been announced whether the Jordanian prime minister had accepted the resignations or not.

Jordanian political scientist Philip Madant told Arab News that the decision helped preserve Prime Minister Omar Razzaz’s government. 

MP Nabil Gheishan told Arab News that the resignation avoids a major confrontation that could have brought down the government. “This was the least that they can do to ensure the government stays.”

Pupils on a school trip, their teachers and minders had stepped out of their bus in a tourist area called Al-Miyah Al-Sakhina when they were hit by a flash flood that washed them towards the nearby Dead Sea.

21 people died in the floods and many of them were children under 14. Families picnicking in the popular destination were also among the dead and injured.

 

 

 

 

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