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Jordan walks a tightrope between rival powers

The country is currently under an intense IMF programme, which has cut public expenditures and raised tax revenue.

  • Jonathan Gorvett
  • Asia Times

After days of peaceful street protests and the resignation of the former government, Jordan’s King Abdullah swore in a new administration, Friday morning.

With 5eThe first act of the new prime minister, Omar Munif Al-Razzaz, was to withdraw the unpopular tax bill that had triggered the recent demonstrations, while commiting himself to ensuring “taxpayers’ money goes to serve…

Yet, pursuing this goal will likely be far from straightforward.

Jordan faces a…

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