Amman

Prime min­is­ter forced out:

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Jordan’s prime min­is­ter was brought down this week by the big­gest mass demon­stra­tions in the coun­try since the Arab Spring up­ris­ings of 2011. Af­ter four nights of anti-aus­ter­ity protests in the cap­i­tal, Amman, and other cities, King Ab­dul­lah on Mon­day sum­moned Hani Mulki to his palace, where the PM ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion. The protests were against pro­posed tax rises: Mulki in­sisted these were nec­es­sary to re­duce the coun­try’s bil­lions of dol­lars of pub­lic debt and pay for pub­lic ser­vices, but demon­stra­tors said this would push or­di­nary fam­i­lies, strug­gling with the ris­ing cost of every­thing from bread to elec­tric­ity, over the edge. Jordan’s econ­omy has been badly af­fected by the wars in neigh­bour­ing Syria and Iraq, and the in­flux of more than 650,000 refugees from Syria.

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