Jordan’s New Prime Minister Withdraws Income Tax Bill That Triggered mass protests in May




Moscow –   Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz has withdrawn the draft income tax law which prompted nationwide protests in the country in May and subsequently led to the resignation of the government led by Hani Mulki, a press release said on Thursday.

In early June, then Prime Minister Mulki decided to step down in the wake of the nationwide protests against rising prices and an unpopular draft tax law, which was sent to the parliament in May.

King Abdullah II authorised Razzaz, then education minister, to form the country’s new cabinet.

“Prime minister, Dr. Omar Razzaz, decided to withdraw the draft income tax law during the first meeting of the Council of Ministers today,’’ the press release read.

Since May 30, the Jordanians have been protesting against price hikes caused by austerity measures backed by the International Monetary Fund and against a bill implying income tax increases.

Jordanian trade unions have continued their protests against the proposed tax reform in spite of the fact that the government responsible for preparation of the bill stepped down.

Report says the activists demand a change of political course instead of individual shuffles in the cabinet.

(Sputnik/NAN)





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