Jordan ministers quit over water scandal

Jordan's King Abdullah II Sunday accepted the resignation of the health and water ministers, state-run Petra news agency reported, after a senior official said they quit over a water scandal.

Jordan ministers quit over water scandal
Jordan's King Abdullah II Sunday accepted the resignation of the health and water ministers, state-run Petra news agency reported, after a senior official said they quit over a water scandal.

"A royal decree was issued, accepting the resignation of water minister Zafer Al Aalem and health minister Saad Al Kharabshe effective July 29," a terse statement said without further details.

Earlier a senior official said the pair tendered their resignation to Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit, following the outbreak of hundreds of cases of water-borne diarrhea and fever in the north of the country.

Bakhit was due to address the press later in the day.

Earlier this month, hundreds of people in the town of Manshiyet Bani Hassan in the northern governorate of Mafraq fell ill with diarrhea and fever after apparently drinking water tainted by a parasite.

Mafraq health chief Suleiman Affash told the Jordan Times Sunday that the situation had returned to normal, with only four cases of diarrhea and high fever remaining.

Last week, a government-commissioned probe showed that the outbreak was caused by a non-fatal parasite known as cryptosporidium.

Meanwhile, the government has pledged to revamp the aging water network in the affected region, and has, in the interim, been supplying fresh water by trucks to the area.

AFP
Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2007, 11:09
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