Jordan's designated new prime minister Omar al-Razzaz speaks on the phone after leaving the Parliament building in Amman, Jordan June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Jordan's new prime minister-designate said Thursday he would drop a proposed tax law, conceding to a key demand of protesters who have already brought down the government.Omar Razzaz said there was a consensus to withdraw the income tax bill in comments to reporters after a meeting in Parliament to consult on forming the new government.Jordan's biggest protests in years began eight days ago over tax increases and subsidy cuts pushed by the International Monetary Fund to reduce the U.S. ally's big public debt.King Abdullah, often seen as a unifying figure in Jordan, Tuesday called for new dialogue over the tax system after accepting the resignation of Razzaz's predecessor, Hani Mulki.The IMF will work with Jordan's new government to complete a program review as quickly as possible to release about $70 million in funding, he added. An IMF mission to Jordan from May 20-31 had "productive discussions" toward this goal, Rice said, adding that the fund was concerned about the program's "social dimension".
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