Jordanian Prime Minister sacked by protesters

Dutch NOS TV today (translated): Jordanian Prime Minister resigns because the people are furious.

From France 24 today:

Jordan PM Mulki resigns amid anti-government protests

Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki submitted his resignation to King Abdullah on Monday, an official source said, to soothe widespread anger over economic policies that have sparked the largest protests in several years and dozens of arrests.

Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of the capital Amman and main provincial towns again on Sunday, extending days of protests that have shaken Jordan, a staunch U.S. ally …

Public anger has grown over government policies since a steep general sales tax hike earlier this year and the abolition of bread subsidies, both measures driven by the International Monetary Fund. …

In a sign the tax hikes could be shelved, the Petra news agency, citing the speaker of parliament, said lawmakers were on course to ask the king’s permission to hold an exceptional session, with a majority demanding the changes be withdrawn. …

Mulki, a business-friendly politician, was appointed in May 2016 … The tax increases have caused his popularity to plummet.

Demonstrators who converged near the Cabinet office said they would disband only if the government rescinded the tax bill it sent to parliament last month.

Strike call

The government has made us penniless … they have left us with no more money in our pockets”, chanted protesters.

Unions representing tens of thousands of employees in both the public and private sectors have also called for a general strike on Wednesday after their demands for the bill to be scrapped were rejected by the government.

King Abdullah has asked Omar Al Razzaz, now Minister of Education and ex-World Bank economist, to become the new prime minister.

3 thoughts on “Jordanian Prime Minister sacked by protesters

  1. JORDANIAN Prime Minister Hani Mulki stood down today following days of anti-government protests across the country against increasing austerity measures.

    He handed his resignation to King Abdullah II as thousands took to the streets in the capital Amman in protest against International Monetary Fund (IMF)-driven reforms. New income taxes and price rises on basic goods including bread have been proposed to deal with Jordan’s faltering economy.

    Weekend negotiations between Mr Mulki and trade union leaders failed to resolve the issues, leading to calls for him to step aside.

    Unemployment has risen sharply to 18.5 per cent and, despite the country securing a $723m (£542m) three-year IMF loan in 2016, 20 per cent of the population are on the brink of poverty according to government statistics.

    Fuel prices have shot up since the beginning of the year and the cost of electricity has rocketed by 55 per cent since February.

    Trade unions led the anti-government protests with General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions spokesman Ali Obus demanding the state “maintain its independence and not bow to IMF demands.”

    About 3,000 people gathered outside the prime minister’s office waving Jordanian flags and placards reading “we will not kneel.”

    The pro-Western kingdom has suffered from the conflict in neighbouring Iraq, while refugees have fled from Syria to Jordan to escape the seven-year war, placing further stress on the economy.

    The king named Harvard-educated Education Minister Omar Razzaz as Mr Mulki’s replacement.


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