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Jordanian protesters will push for more concessions

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Significance

The government is suffering a wave of popular anger after its austerity programme caused days of countrywide protests. Changing ministers is a standard royal method to deflect criticism -- Jordan on average has a new cabinet every 15 months. This time, however, demonstrators seem determined to change policy, not just personalities.

Impacts

  • Jordan may have to revisit subsidies on basic staples such as flour.
  • The monarchy may consider democratic reforms in order to insulate itself from direct criticism.
  • Efforts to secure aid from other sources will intensify.
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