Jordan Prime Minister resigns after anti-austerity protests

Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigned on Monday (June 4th) after he was summoned by King Abdullah over growing protests against his government's austerity measures, AFP reported.

"Prime Minister Hani Mulki submitted his resignation to the king this afternoon during a meeting at the Husseiniyeh Palace and the king accepted the resignation," a government source said.

The king asked Education Minister Omar al-Razzaz to form a new government, the source said.

Demonstrations have rocked Amman and several other cities since Wednesday after the government adopted a draft income tax law and announced new price hikes based on recommendations by the International Monetary Fund.

Protesters had called on Mulki to step down, vowing not to "kneel" and earning support from trade unions as well as a majority of lawmakers opposed to the new taxation.

Mulki's meeting with the king came hours after around 5,000 people rallied outside his office in Amman, on the fifth consecutive day of protests.

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