Jordanian interior minister resigns, Maan residents celebrate
Former Interior Minister Hussein Hazza Majali walks out of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque during his visit to the Al-Aqsa mosques compound, Islam's third holiest site, on April 23, 2012. Jordan. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
A Royal Decree was issued on Sunday accepting the resignation of Interior Minister Hussein Majali and referring to retirement Public Security Department (PSD) Director Gen. Tawfiq Tawalbeh and Gendarmerie Department Director Maj. Gen. Ahmad Sweilmin, Jordan Television said.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said in a statement that the minister’s resignation was a result of “the lack of coordination among security organisations that include the public security and the Gendarmerie departments”.
In a statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the premier said the concerned departments failed to coordinate on “key issues that affect the security of citizens and the stability of our dear homeland”, adding that these issues were not addressed properly.
“Out of the keenness of His Majesty King Abdullah to assert the rule of law, enhance the principle of security for all and show no tolerance towards those who undermine the principles on which this Kingdom was established, those who assault state property and secure citizens, or those who incite sedition… a Royal Decree was issued accepting the resignation of His Excellency the Interior Minister,” the premier said in the statement.
Ensour did not specify which issue led to the surprise decision.
But he said the King directed the government to ensure that the PSD and Gendarmerie Department forces carry out their duties in a manner that would achieve a well-devised and integrated security system to guarantee the security and stability the country enjoys.
According to the Associated Press, hundreds of Maan residents took to the streets to celebrate Hussein Majali's resignation.
Maan is frequently raided, in what residents consider to be heavy handed interference in their town's affairs.
Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material
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