Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated in Amman and other cities, calling for the “fall of the government” as they blocked roads with cars and blazing tires. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Jordan's King Abdullah II ordered the government Friday to freeze new price hikes on fuel and electricity, officials said, after protests across the cash-strapped country.That came after the government decreed rises of up to 5.5 percent on fuels and a 19-percent hike in electricity prices, as well as laying out plans for a new income tax.Price have steadily risen in Jordan over recent years as the cash-strapped government pushes reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund.The price of fuel has risen on five occasions since the beginning of the year, while electricity bills have shot up 55 percent since February.
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