Mass protests in Jordan push out prime minister


Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigned from his government position Monday in the wake of several days of mass protests in the capital Amman — the country’s largest demonstrations in more than five years.

The resignation, reported by Reuters quoting an official source, was said to have been brokered during a meeting with the country’s King Abdullah II, who called for “national dialogue” in the wake of public anger over tax increases. The hike on taxes and price increases on many basic goods were imposed as part of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) austerity package designed to reduce the Middle Eastern country’s debt.

More than 3,000 protesters were gathered outside the prime minister’s office Sunday, according to various media reports, chanting slogans like “the ones raising prices want to burn the country” and “this is our Jordan, Mulki should leave.” …

Read more : CNBC, 04.06.2018