Jordanian king accepts resignation of PM after days of angry protests

Amman, (UNA-OIC) – Jordan’s royal palace said King Abdullah II has accepted the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Hani Mulki.

Mulki submitted resignation to King Abdullah earlier on Monday, in the wake of the largest anti-government protests since 2011. Thousands have taken to the streets in recent days to protest against a planned tax increase and a series of price hikes for basics such as fuel and electricity.

A government-linked daily said Omar Razzaz, a leading reformer and the current education minister, has been tapped as Jordan’s next prime minister. The Al-Rai newspaper reported that the Harvard-educated Razzaz would succeed Mulki in the post.

However, there is no official confirmation that Razzaz has been appointed as Mulki’s successor. Mulki served for two years as the head of an unpopular government tasked with implementing economic reforms sought by the International Monetary Fund.

Earlier on Monday, Jordan’s Prime Minister, Hani Mulki, submitted his resignation in a meeting with King Abdullah, a move aimed at defusing anger over economic policies that have sparked the most massive protests in years.

His resignation comes after Jordan’s police chief said security forces had detained 60 people for crimes committed during major protests over tax hikes in recent days.

Major General Fadel al-Hamoud said at a press conference that 42 members of the security forces were injured, some of them by fireworks, but protests remained under control.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Jordanian king accepts resignation of PM after days of angry protests

Amman, (UNA-OIC) – Jordan’s royal palace said King Abdullah II has accepted the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Hani Mulki.

Mulki submitted resignation to King Abdullah earlier on Monday, in the wake of the largest anti-government protests since 2011. Thousands have taken to the streets in recent days to protest against a planned tax increase and a series of price hikes for basics such as fuel and electricity.

A government-linked daily said Omar Razzaz, a leading reformer and the current education minister, has been tapped as Jordan’s next prime minister. The Al-Rai newspaper reported that the Harvard-educated Razzaz would succeed Mulki in the post.

However, there is no official confirmation that Razzaz has been appointed as Mulki’s successor. Mulki served for two years as the head of an unpopular government tasked with implementing economic reforms sought by the International Monetary Fund.

Earlier on Monday, Jordan’s Prime Minister, Hani Mulki, submitted his resignation in a meeting with King Abdullah, a move aimed at defusing anger over economic policies that have sparked the most massive protests in years.

His resignation comes after Jordan’s police chief said security forces had detained 60 people for crimes committed during major protests over tax hikes in recent days.

Major General Fadel al-Hamoud said at a press conference that 42 members of the security forces were injured, some of them by fireworks, but protests remained under control.

Source: International Islamic News Agency