Jordan: 48 Corruption Cases Referred to Court
Jordan’s Anti-Corruption Department has referred 48 corruption cases to judicial authorities in the past four months, the Jordan Times reported Sunday.
Jordan’s Minister of Administrative Development Mohammad Thuneibat said in an interview with the local channel JTV that “the government is exerting all possible efforts to stem corruption, including wasta (favoritism and nepotism) and has drafted an ambitious plan to reform the public administration.”
He said it was hoped that Parliament would shoulder its responsibility by halting requests for the government to fill particular vacant public administration posts because the government could not meet such requests, said the daily.
More than 57 percent of the state's budget is spent on the salaries of civil servants.
According to the minister, deputies instead should support government-sponsored legislation that will help fight corruption.
A new law governing the Civil Service Commission, which is responsible for filling jobs in government departments, is being submitted to the prime ministry, Thuneibat said, adding that the law was as a qualitative step towards reforming the public administration.
The new law, he explained, sets job descriptions for every civil servant and seeks to place qualified candidates in all positions – Albawaba.com
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