Jordan at a crossroads, end the crisis or uncertainty awaits us: Jordan’s king warns

File photo showing Jordanian King Abdullah II and Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki who resigned over growing protests against his government’s austerity measures. (AFP)
Updated 05 June 2018
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Jordan at a crossroads, end the crisis or uncertainty awaits us: Jordan’s king warns

AMMAN: Jordan’s King Abdullah II announced on Monday that he “stands with the Jordanian people” regarding the on-going crisis in the kingdom.

King Abdullah II said in a statement that he recognizes the people’s “struggles” amidst a hike in the cost of living that has led to five consecutive days of violent demonstrations in Jordan.

King Abdullah blamed regional conflicts for the worsening economic situation in his country, and he bemoaned the government for failing to communicate to the people its controversial new taxation plan.

Finally, the king called for a “constructive and transparent dialogue” to resolve the crisis, calling on the government to listen to all Jordanians.

The king’s statement also reiterateted the need to protect Jordanians with low-to-middle income — insisting that citizens must feel a higher return and quality of services in return for paying higher taxes.


Arab coalition targets Yemen's Houthi drone capabilities in Sanaa

Updated 42 min 16 sec ago
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Arab coalition targets Yemen's Houthi drone capabilities in Sanaa

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition fighting to support the legitimate government in Yemen said it has targeted Houthi drone capabilities in a military operation in Sanaa and called on civilians not to approach the targeted sites.
The coalition said it has taken the necessary measures to protect civilians during the military operation in the Houthi-held Yemeni capital.
It assured that the military operation is consistent with international humanitarian law.