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King Accepts Jordan PM's Resignation Amid Protests Over Tax and Price Hikes

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Raad Adayleh
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Associated Press
ordanian protesters shout slogans and raise a national flag during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister's office in the capital Amman early Monday, June 4, 2018.

AMMAN, Jordan -  Jordan's royal palace says King Abdullah II has accepted the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Hani Mulki.
 
Mulki submitted his resignation to Abdullah earlier on Monday, in the wake of the largest anti-government protests since 2011. Thousands have taken to the streets in recent days to protest against a planned tax increase and a series of price hikes for basics such as fuel and electricity.
 
A government-linked daily says Omar Razzaz, a leading reformer and the current education minister, has been tapped as Jordan's next prime minister.  The Al-Rai newspaper reported that the Harvard-educated Razzaz would succeed Mulki in the post.
 
There was no immediate official confirmation that Razzaz has been appointed as Mulki's successor.
 
Mulki served for two years as the head of an unpopular government tasked with implementing economic reforms sought by the International Monetary Fund.

This post was updated June 4, 2018 at 8:41 a.m. ET.