Jordan’s king, EU foreign policy chief review ailing economy

A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on May 20, 2017, shows Jordan’s King Abdullah II (R) and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini during a meeting in the capital Amman (File photo: AFP)
Updated 10 June 2018

Jordan’s king, EU foreign policy chief review ailing economy

AMMAN: King Abdullah II and visiting EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini have discussed Jordan’s economic challenges, meeting just days after protests against proposed tax increases brought down the Kingdom’s prime minister.
The royal court said Saturday that the king and Mogherini reviewed reforms and economic programs meant to address the crisis.
Incoming Prime Minister Omar Razzaz has said he would scrap the planned tax increases and try to come up with a new proposal in consultations with different groups. The old plan had been criticized as unfairly targeting the poor and the middle class.
Still, Jordan remains under pressure from the International Monetary Fund to carry out economic reforms and get a grip on rising public debt, in part caused by regional crises such as the influx of Syrian refugees.


Former finance minister Mohammad Safadi put forward to be next Lebanese PM

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Former finance minister Mohammad Safadi put forward to be next Lebanese PM

BEIRUT: Several major Lebanese parties have agreed on nominating Mohammad Safadi, a former finance minister, as the prime minister of a new government, the Lebanese broadcasters LBCI and MTV reported on Thursday.
The agreement took place in a meeting on Friday between outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Lebanon's leading Sunni politician, and senior representatives of the Shiite groups Amal and Hezbollah.
MTV said the government would be a mixture of politicians and technocrats.