Jordan: government concedes to protesters

Иордания: правительство уступает протестующим

The Jordanian authorities promised to withdraw the draft tax reform, which provoked mass protests and a General strike. About the decision of Prime Minister Omar Razzaz announced following the discussion in Parliament of the new government. The rejection of the bill was one of the main requirements of participants of the demonstrations.

People have a right to Express their opinion. People have a right to be heard.

Omar Razzaz
the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Jordan

Razzaz said: “people have a right to Express their opinion. People have a right to be heard when they go through official channels when I perform in social networks and meetings, it is their right. We need to hear these discussions, and to act immediately to get back on the right path”.

The tip of the bill shall not constitute a waiver of economic and tax reforms. According to Razzaza, the government intends to start discussions on new initiatives with parliamentarians and trade unions. The reform insists, in particular, international monetary Fund: it is expected that this will reduce the public debt of the Kingdom. Protesters unhappy that the reform should lead to a reduction in tax breaks and increasing fees from the population.

In parallel with the withdrawal of the bill Jordanian trade unions announced the suspension of the protest campaign and a General strike in the Kingdom. The syndicates call Razzaza without delay “to start a dialogue with the representatives of the people on the issue of tax policy.”

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