Jordan's King Abdullah issued pardons that will affect more than one million citizens, Prime Minister Maruf al-Bakhit announced at a press conference Thursday (June 9th).
The pardon affects people with minor violations, such as outstanding traffic fines and prisoners and foreign residents who overstayed their visas. Jordan will release about 3,500 prisoners as part of the pardon.
The king's decision "reflects an image of tolerance and harmony and sets the foundation for a new start for those pardoned", al-Bakhit said. He also said the move sets the stage for better relations between citizens and the government.
A committee was formed to study the cases that were not affected by the pardon.