King Abdullah II of Jordan attends a session at the Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 25, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. -
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Jordan's Prime Minister Hani Mulki reshuffled his cabinet Sunday and appointed the king's chief of staff as his special deputy for economic affairs in an apparent bid to soothe widespread anger over rising hardship and flagging growth.Jafar Hassan, chief of staff of the office of Jordan's King Abdullah, takes up the post of deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs, a role that had been left vacant in Mulki's previous cabinet.In recent years Jordan's economic growth has been hit by regional conflicts weighing on investor sentiment and as consumer demand generated by Syrian refugees staying in Jordan has receded, according to the IMF.
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