03.06.2012 13.Siwan. 5772
Alleged insult of reactor opponents spurs calls for Khalid Touqan dismissal.
The chief of Jordan’s nuclear commission and godfather of the kingdom’s nuclear program has come under increasing pressure to resign for allegedly making an insulting reference to local tribes, putting at risk the multi-billion dollar undertaking to solve the country’s energy problems.
Khalid Touqan, a former deputy prime minister and minister of education, is accused of calling the tribal leaders and other opponents of the country’s ambitious nuclear program “donkeys" and "garbage collectors”. The remarks occurred in a recording of unknown origin and are directed at local tribes in north Jordan for opposing the nuclear program that would put the kingdom on track to become more self reliant on energy resources….