Jordan faces virus-era polls in crisis mode

Voters in coronavirus-battered Jordan go to the polls Tuesday in an election focused on the Arab country’s economic crisis which has been heightened by the devastating pandemic.Resource-poor and dependent on foreign aid, in particular from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), public debt in the small country of 10 million people – which is also hosting more than one million Syrian refugees – exceeds 100 percent of GDP.And unemployment was running at 23 percent in the first quarter of 2020.”This vote is different, with people in greater distress because of the epidemic,” said Oraib Rintawi of…

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