June 14, 2018 / 10:07 AM / 3 months ago

Jordan's King Abdullah issues decree forming new cabinet

AMMAN, June 14 (Reuters) - Jordan’s King Abdullah issued a decree on Thursday forming a new government led by a former World Bank economist and mandated to review a controversial tax system after widespread protests against IMF-driven austerity measures.

U.S. ally Abdullah appointed Omar al-Razzaz, a Harvard- educated economist outside the ranks of the traditional political elite, last week to replace Hani Mulki, a business- friendly politician, who was dismissed to defuse public anger that led to some of the largest protests in years. (Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi Editing by Gareth Jones)

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