Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki has resigned as tens of thousands of people have been protesting over price hikes and income tax reform.
The country’s royal palace said the King of Jordan Abdullah II has accepted Prime Minister’s resignation.
The official sources expected that the move will diffuse anger over the economic policies.
In Jordan, for more than four days, tens of thousands of people have been staging demonstrations over a controversial tax reform bill.
#Jordan’s new PM Omar Razzaz is Harvard educated with PhD in economics and law, ex World Bank in several countries, ex CEO of local Jordanian bank…ticks all the boxes of a top level technocrat needed.
— Ghanem Nuseibeh (@gnuseibeh) June 4, 2018
The protesters have been taking to the streets of Amman and other cities demanding to scrap down the austerity measures.
Mr. Mulki assumed office in 2016 with an aspiration to improve Jordan’s economic status amid regional instabilities.
After accepting Mulki’s resignation, King Abdullah II of Jordan asked Omar al Razzak to form a new government.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mulki will remain the head of the interim government until Mr. Razzak sworn in as the new prime minister.
Mr. Omar al Razzak served as the minister of education in Hani al-Mulki’s cabinet.
A former World Bank economist Omar al Razzak is expected to run the country into a new dawn of economic success.
The protesters in the Amman streets, however, indicated that they will not stop their protests due to the ‘changes of the faces’.
— Hazem Zureiqat (@hazem) June 2, 2018
The former World Bank economist al Razzak, however, is described as a more ‘likeable’ and ‘acceptable’ by the Jordanian authority.
The Middle East Eye quoted Ali Aloboos, head of the Jordanian Engineers Association as saying: “We need to change the tactic of judgment not only persons.”
The Crown Prince of Jordan Hussein bin Abdullah, in an unprecedented move, paid a visit to a protest site outside the Prime Minister’s office.
He was reported to ask the security forces: “The (protesters) y must be able to express themselves and voice their opinions and our duty is to protect them.”
“We and they support the king. We want to protect this country,” Bin Abdullah said.
UK warmly welcomes HM The King’s appointment of Dr Omar Razzaz as Jordan’s new Prime Minister.Dr Razzaz,who achieved so much at Education,will have all our support for the difficult tasks ahead.We look forward to working with him & his new team @UKinJordan @DFID_UK @OmarRazzaz
— Edward Oakden (@EdwardOakden) June 4, 2018
The security forces of Jordan assured the press that in spite of the ongoing demonstrations in the streets: “Rest assured, Jordan is a safe and secure country, and things are under control,” said Major General Hussein Hawatmeh, head of the Gendarmerie security department.