Jordan PM reshuffles cabinet as IMF reforms come into focus

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    Razzaz said he wanted to push through the tax bill this year to retain IMF support [Reuters]

    Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz announced a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday as the government looks to push through reforms intended to revive stagnant economic growth and cut public expenditure.

    Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, was appointed by King Abdullah II in June to replace Hani al-Mulki, who resigned to defuse a crisis that saw some of the largest protests in years over planned IMF-driven austerity measures, including tax hikes.

    View the original article: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/jordan-pm-reshuffles-cabinet-imf-reforms-focus-181011172814855.html

    In an apparent bid to calm widespread discontent over rising economic hardship Razzaz, who had said he would re-evaluate his team after 100 days in office, reduced the 29-member cabinet to 27.

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