>> Jordan's prime minster, Hani Mulki, submitted his resignation Monday to King Abdullah. A ministerial source confirmed it was to soothe public anger amid some of the largest street protests in recent memory. The country, a key US ally, has long been one of the Arab world's most stable nations, even while its neighbors struggled during the 2011 Arab Spring.
The public anger mounted over the weekend when the Prime Minister refused to scrap a bill to hike taxes. While he says it's ultimately up to parliament to decide on the disputed bill, he was appointed in May 2016 with the task of reviving Jordan's sluggish economy. The politicians and economists say tough fiscal plans requested by the IMF in return for continued credits are making things hard for the poor and middle class.
Jordan is also home to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria's conflict. King Abdullah has asked the former World Bank economist Omar Al Razzaz to form a new government according to a ministerial source.