Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki has submitted his resignation to King Abdullah following widespread anger over economic policies that have sparked the largest protests in several years and dozens of arrests.
Police chief Major General Fadel al-Hamoud said security forces had detained 60 people for breaking the law during the protests and 42 security force members had been injured, but protests remained under control.
Major General Hussein Hawatmeh, head of the Gendarmerie security department, appearing along with Hamoud at a news conference said, “Rest assured, Jordan is a safe and secure country, and things are under control,”.
Public anger has grown over government policies since a steep general sales tax hike earlier this year and the abolition of bread subsidies, both measures driven by the International Monetary Fund.
Political sources earlier said Abdullah had summoned Mulki for an audience in the king’s palace. In a sign the tax hikes could be shelved, the Petra news agency, citing the speaker of parliament, said lawmakers were on course to ask the king’s permission to hold an exceptional session, with a majority demanding the changes be withdrawn.