Det var landsomfattende uro i Jordan for annen dag på rad onsdag. Regjeringen har satt opp prisen på gass og olje med 54 prosent. Et farlig spill som tidligere har kostet regenter tronen.
Tensions rose late Tuesday after the government raised prices for cooking and heating gas by 54 percent to rein in a bulging budget deficit and secure a $2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. Minutes after state television announced the hike, several thousand Jordanians poured into the streets across the country, pelting police with stones, torching government offices and private cars and chanting slogans against the king.
Kong Abdullah har forsøkt å kjøpe seg tid og gi innrømmelser. Han har latt nasjonalforsamlingen få mer makt. Det neste parlamentet skal velge statsminister selv.
Men den økonomiske situasjonen er grim: fattigdommen vokser, og det samme gjør gjelden.
Jordan’s budget deficit is expected to reach a year end record of $3 billion, while foreign debt is expected to jump 27 percent to $27 billion this year as the country grapples with rising poverty, unemployment and inflation.
Donations promised by Saudi Arabia and other oil producing Arab nations — a badly needed cash infusion for resource-barren Jordan — have failed to materialize, while the cost of sheltering some 265,000 Syrian refugees who have fled the civil war at home has put further strain on Jordan’s already meager water, fuel and electricity resources and health care system.
On top of that, disruptions in cheap Egyptian gas shipments cost Jordan an extra $7 million a day, the government said. The pipeline that transports the natural gas has been blown up more than a dozen times over the past year by militants in Egypt’s Sinai desert, halting shipments. Jordan has switched to the more expensive fuel oil to generate electricity
Urovekkende for kongen er en koalisjon av Brorskapet, salafister, sekulære og kommunister som har gått sammen mot ham.
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