Jordan’s PM, Hani Mulki resigns over mass protests

Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki has resigned after days of protests against tax rises and austerity measures.

Mulki submitted his resignation in a meeting with King Abdullah II on Monday.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki, the country’s royal palace has said.

The move is aimed at defusing the anger over the economic policies

Protesters have chanted anti-government slogans and clashed with police, who have fired tear gas and blocked roads.

The protests have continued for four consecutive nights, and police say dozens of people have been detained and more than 40 members of the security forces have been injured.

Police chief Major General Fadel al-Hamoud said security forces had detained 60 people for breaking the law during the protests and 42 security force members had been injured, but protests remained under control.

“Rest assured, Jordan is a safe and secure country, and things are under control,” said Major General Hussein Hawatmeh, head of the Gendarmerie security department, appearing along with Hamoud at a news conference.

Public anger has grown over government policies since a steep general sales tax hike earlier this year and the abolition of bread subsidies, both measures driven by the International Monetary Fund.

In the wake of Mulki’s resignation, Jordanian King Abdullah asked Omar al-Razzaz to form a new government.

Al-Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, is described as a more “likeable” and “accepted” character among the Jordanian people.

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