Mass strikes over tax rise force out prime minister Hani Mulki in Jordan

Mass strikes over tax rise force out prime minister Hani Mulki in Jordan

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Mass strikes and protests in Jordan forced prime minister Hani Mulki to resign on Monday.

His resignation came after days of protests and a general strike against a tax hike.

The protests—the largest in years—have quickly become the focus for widespread anger at poverty, austerity measures and pro-market economic reforms.

A general strike on Wednesday of last week involved thousands of workers from 33 trade unions—and was followed by days of mass protests.

They were sparked by the government’s plan to raise income tax for some of the poorest people in Jordan. It’s the latest of pro-market measures demanded by the IMF, which have also included bread price rises.

Protesters have chanted, “We will not kneel,” demanded Mulki resigns, blocked roads and occasionally clashed with police.

The protests forced the government to retreat from planned energy and fuel price rises. But the move failed to quell the anger, leading to Mulki’s resignation.

It was not clear whether the tax hike had been scrapped as Socialist Worker went to press.

Unions had planned a general strike for this Wednesday before Mulki resigned.

Source:Socialist Worker

 

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