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 …
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were on course to ask the king’s permission to hold an exceptional session, with a majority demanding the changes be withdrawn.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Demonstrators who converged near the Cabinet office said they would disband only if the government rescinded the tax bill it sent to parliament last month.
“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.