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Jordan PM quits after austerity protests

Jordan PM quits after austerity protests

Thousands have filled the streets of the kingdom in recent days to protest planned tax increases and have called for the resignation of Prime Minister Hani Mulki.

AMMAN, JORDAN-Jordan's King Abdullah II on Monday accepted the resignation of his embattled prime minister and reportedly tapped a leading reformer as a successor, hoping to quell the largest anti-government protests in recent years that are also seen as a potential challenge to his two-decade-old rule.

Jordan's prime minister refused to scrap an IMF-backed tax reform bill on Saturday that has sparked the largest protests in over five years against steep price hikes, saying it was up to parliament to decide its fate.

The legislative proposal is yet to be approved by the country's parliament.

"We will continue to protest until the sacking of the prime minister", said Zaki Habadin, a lawyer at the protests in Amman on Monday morning.

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Opponents said a tough IMF-imposed fiscal consolidation plan had worsened the plight of poorer Jordanians and squeezed the middle class. Fuel prices were supposed to increase by 5.5% while electricity prices by 19%.

It is the latest in a series of economic reforms and repeated price hikes on basic goods since Amman secured a $723-million three-year credit line from the International Monetary Fund in 2016.

They said the income tax law does not serve the economic and social interests of the people.

Jordan, a key USA ally, has largely avoided the unrest witnessed by other countries in the region since the Arab Spring revolts broke out in 2011, although protests did flare late that year after the government cut fuel subsidies.

The increases have hit the incomes of ordinary Jordanians, causing his popularity to plummet. At this point, officials in Jerusalem are closely following the demonstrations in Jordan as well as the regime's efforts to halt the protest.

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The protest campaign started on Wednesday when hundreds responded to a call by Jordan's trade unions by flooding the streets outside the headquarters of the federation of unions.

Another protestor and a Bank employee Mohammad Shalabiya, 28, said the demonstrators wanted "to tell the government that the citizen's income isn't suitable for this kind of law and that we have a right to demonstrate".

According to official estimates, 18.5% of Jordan's population are unemployed, while 20% are on the brink of poverty.

On Friday, the Jordanian King Abdullah announced that he's freezing the rise in prices, in an attempt to assuage the public discontent.

Jordan's economy has struggled to grow in the past few years in the face of chronic deficits, as private foreign capital and aid flows have declined.

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The IMF loan, meant to support economic and financial reforms, has the long-term objective of reducing Jordan's public debt from about 94 per cent of GDP to 77 per cent by 2021.


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