Jordanian protesters shout slogans and raise a national flag during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister's office in Amman early Tuesday, June 5, 2018.(AP Photo/Raad al-Adayleh)
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Protests in several Jordanian cities continued Tuesday over planned tax hikes, as Jordan's King Abdullah tasked a former World Bank economist with forming a new government and called for broad talks on a planned income tax law.Jordanians kept up the pressure, with protesters gathering Tuesday night in the capital Amman and other cities across Jordan calling for a comprehensive change in the new tax laws.The IMF approved a three-year arrangement with Jordan in 2016 to support economic and financial reform, aiming to lower public debt and encourage structural change.Jordan has backed down on reforms in the past, fearing a social backlash. Jordan's unemployment rate stands at 18.4 percent, according to government statistics.
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