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Jordan PM leaves office after austerity protests

The protesters say a new tax bill backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will hurt the poor and middle class

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Jordan PM leaves office after austerity protests

The protesters say a new tax bill backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will hurt the poor and middle class

04 June 2018 Monday 15:07
Jordan PM leaves office after austerity protests

Jordan's Prime Minister Hani Mulki has stepped down after several days of protests against tax rises and austerity measures.

The protesters say a new tax bill backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will hurt the poor and middle class.

The recent demonstrations are the biggest in years and have seen police fired tear gas and block roads.

Protesters have chanted anti-government slogans and clashed with police.

Mr Mulki had refused to scrap the IMF-backed tax bill, saying it was up to parliament to decide whether to pass it or not.

The government said it needed the money to fund public services and said the new tax bill would mean higher earners pay more.

BBC

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