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    Jordanian Trade Unions Continue Protests Despite Resignation of Cabinet (PHOTOS)

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    AMMAN (Sputnik) - Jordanian trade unions have continued their protests against a proposed tax reform despite the fact that the government responsible for preparation of the bill has stepped down, a Sputnik correspondent reported Wednesday.

    The trade unions have initially proposed to end protests on Wednesday in order to give the cabinet led by Razzaz a chance to change the policy of predecessors, however it had canceled the decision.

    Hundreds of protesters gathered near the building of Jordanian trade unions in Amman demanding a change of political course, but not of political figures. Several demonstrants have also called for resignation of the parliament and for suing lawmakers and officials suspected of corruption.

    On Monday, Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigned amid mass protests caused by a rise in prices and a proposed tax reform. Soon after that King Abdullah II authorized Education Minister Omar Razzaz to form the country's new cabinet.

    ​Since May 30, the Jordanians have been protesting against price rises caused by IMF-backed austerity measures and against a bill implying income tax increases, which was sent to the parliament in May.


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