New Jordanian government wins vote of confidence

AP , Thursday 19 Jul 2018

Jordan's House of Representatives has given a vote of confidence to a new government that was formed after nationwide protests.

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz's cabinet received a 79-42 vote Thursday after five days of deliberations by parliament's lower house. Six members were not present for the vote and two abstained.

Widespread protests over a plan to increase the country's income tax toppled the previous government last month.

Razzaz, a former World Bank official, must defuse public anger over economic policies while attempting to meet reform demands from financial donors. A controversial tax law, part of reforms backed by the International Monetary Fund, triggered the protests. The new government is working on another version of the law.

In a speech before the vote, Razzaz promised "serious revision" of the tax burden.

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