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Jordan's King Abdullah issues decree forming new cabinet

Reuters , Thursday 14 Jun 2018
King Abdullah II of Jordan
A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on June 13, 2018 shows Jordanian King Abdullah II unveiling a plaque at the newly-inaugurated Al-Arab Mosque in Zarqa, 30 km east of the capital Amman. (AFP photo)
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Jordan's King Abdullah issued a decree on Thursday forming a new government led by a former World Bank economist and mandated to review a controversial tax system after widespread protests against IMF-driven austerity measures.

Abdullah appointed Omar al-Razzaz, a Harvard- educated economist outside the ranks of the traditional political elite, last week to replace Hani Mulki, a business- friendly politician, who was dismissed to defuse public anger that led to some of the largest protests in years.

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