Policemen are seen detaining a man during a protests near the Prime Minister's office in Amman, Jordan June 6, 2018.REUTERS/ Ammar Awad
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Jordan's authorities may have shelved a proposed income tax hike after a week of protests – but they still face the tricky task of balancing popular demands with the need to fix the economy.The World Bank said Jordan has "weak growth prospects" this year, while 18.5 percent of the working age population is unemployed.Jordan has been under the tutelage of IMF programs for nearly 30 years, but popular frustration has built up a head of steam over the last two years because the government has refused to listen, said Ahmad Awad, head of the Jordan Center for Economic Research.The government is committed to reducing its debt to 77 percent of GDP by 2021, from 94 percent in 2015, but has so far relied on raising levies, Kamhawi said.
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