Jordan – Protests continue against income tax draft law
Protests continued in the Jordanian capital Amman on Saturday night against the income tax draft law and high prices, where thousands of citizens gathered near the Prime Minister’s Office in central Amman despite the strict security measures in rejection of the income tax draft law and the government’s economic policies, demanding the dismissal of the Prime Minister and dissolving the House of Representatives. Protestors chanted slogans condemning the price hikes. The security forces used tear gas to stop protesters from approaching the prime minister’s office. Prime Minister Hani al-Mulqi and a number of ministers held a meeting on Saturday with the Council of Professional Associations in the House of Representatives to discuss the income tax draft law and the civil service system. Al-Mulqi said at a press conference after the meeting: Submitting the income tax draft law to the House of Representatives does not necessarily mean that the Council will approve it,” pointing out that the House of Representatives independently represents the people. For his part, the President of the Professional Associations Council, Ali al-Abus, said: We have agreed with the government to continue to discuss the income tax draft law but we have not agreed to withdraw it.” It is noteworthy that since Wednesday Jordan has witnessed protests called for by all trade unions against the income tax draft law that the government recently approved.
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