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    Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Amman demanding that the government reject IMF-suggested reforms focused on austerity measures.

    Massive protests have been taking place in the Jordanian capital and other cities since May 30, after the government proposed a set of economic reforms aimed at raising taxes and reducing spending in accordance with the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) requirements. The legislative proposal is yet to be approved by the country's parliament. Jordan's prime minister and trade union representatives tried to negotiate a compromise on taxes on May 2, but the efforts ultimately failed and the protests continued.

    Jordan has faced a sharp increase in the prices of basic goods despite a series of economic measures adopted under the supervision of the IMF, after Amman received a $723 million loan from it in 2016.


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