Jordan’s Justice Minister Charles Law resigned Tuesday amid a growing outcry over a tweet he wrote calling “African” and “black” people “traitors” and saying “we will never forget”.
Law, who was minister for criminal investigations in the first Arab-led government in the kingdom, was widely criticised for the tweet that has since been deleted.
“I do not know why I was targeted with racist and discriminatory remarks and hate speech,” Law told Reuters news agency.
Law had previously defended his tweets on social media.
“There is no excuse for racist and hateful language, including hate speech, in Jordan,” he said.
The remarks were the latest in a string of controversial remarks made by Jordan’s senior justice minister in recent weeks, who have sparked widespread condemnation.
Jordan’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri was criticised after he said the West should “die of thirst” in his speech in Saudi Arabia in February.