Street riots in Jordan prompt king to cancel price hikes

After two days of protest riots in Jordanian cities, King Abdullah ordered his government on Friday to freeze new price hikes on fuel and electricity. The protesters called for the fall of the government while blocking roads with cars and blazing tires. DEBKAfile: The economic crisis sweeping the kingdom has begun to hit the upper middle class and the circles most loyal to the throne. Jordan’s national debt has soared to $35 billion, equivalent to 90 percent of the gross domestic product.

 

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