The Heat: Jordan’s Protests – What’s causing the unrest?

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Jordan protests

Protestors took to the streets in Jordan again Wednesday over tax reform and price increases.

The protests over the past week have been the largest in Jordan for years. Demonstrators said the cost of living is too high and they want the government to scrap a controversial income tax reform bill.   King Abdullah has already appointed a new prime minister and has asked him to form a new government.

The King is also asking for a full review of Jordan’s tax system. 

CGTN’s Stephanie Freid reports from Amman.

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To discuss the controversy and the situation:

  • Hassan Barari is a professor of Middle Eastern politics at the University of Jordan and a columnist with the Jordan Times.
  • Rana Sweis is a journalist and author of the upcoming book, “Voices of Jordan.”
  • Mamoun Abu Nowar is a security and strategic analyst and he is a retired general with the Jordanian Air Force.
  • Bessma Momani is a professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, Canada and an analyst on the Middle East and the Global Economy. 

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