AMMAN – The King of Jordan ordered the government on Friday to cancel a planned fuel price hike after protests against the measure, the official Petra news agency reported.
The fuel price hikes, which ranged between 4.8 percent and 5.5 percent, were in response to the sharp increases in oil prices world-wide and are scheduled to come into force on Friday.
The demonstrations began in the early hours of the morning and resumed after Friday prayers in Amman and other cities.
Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated in front of the Grand al-Husseini Mosque, in downtown Amman to demand the resignation of the government, denounce the fuel price hike and reject a controversial income tax reform bill, activists told EFE.
An unprecedented general strike was called by 33 unions and professional associations, led by the Council of Jordanian Trade Unions, to protest against the income tax reform, which aims to increase the number of taxpayers.
Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki is scheduled meet on Saturday with CJTU chairman Ali Al-Obous to discuss the bill that was approved by the government, but has yet to be debated by the parliament.
The council has called a new demonstration on Wednesday of next week for the resignation of the government if it does not withdraw the income tax reform bill.