Jordanian protesters shout slogans before members of the gendarmerie and security forces during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister's office in the capital Amman late on June 2, 2018. / AFP / Khalil MAZRAAWI
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Angry protests rocked cities across Jordan overnight against IMF-backed austerity measures including a new income tax draft law and price hikes, hours after the government and unions failed to reach an agreement to end the standoff.Last week the government proposed an income tax draft law, yet to be approved by parliament, aimed at increasing taxes on employees by at least 5 percent and on companies by between 20 and 40 percent.A majority of 78 out of parliament's 130 representatives have pledged to vote against the income tax law introduced by the government last month.The speaker of Jordan's senate called a consultative meeting for Sunday.
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