Prime minister forced out:
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.