Bayan Samara and her children eat lunch at their home in Amman, Jordan, June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Bayan Samara's children often asked her why she could not buy them new clothes or toys.So the Jordanian teacher took them to a rally in the capital.Samara, 30, and her husband Ahmad are struggling to keep their family afloat in Jordan's sluggish economy. Along with thousands of young people and families, they have hit the streets in a rare wave of protests that led the prime minister to resign Monday.Public anger has grown since the end of bread subsidies and a rise in the general sales tax this year under an IMF plan to cut the Arab nation's $37 billion debt.Jordan's King Abdullah II appointed Omar Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, who said Thursday he would drop a planned income tax law – a main demand of the demonstrators. Some protests have dwindled since then as people welcomed the move and said they would wait to see if the new Cabinet would help stop price hikes.
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