rdan's King is expected to push for the Prime Minister to step down on Monday, sources say it's a move to soothe public anger. And some of the largest protests in recent memory hit their third straight night near the Cabinet Office in the Capitol. Thousands were in the streets of Amman over night, they grew on Saturday when Prime Minister, Hani Al-Mulki, refused to scrap a bill that would hike taxes.
The tax increases are backed by the IMF, and public backlash has shaken the kingdom. Mulki says it's ultimately up to parliament to decide on the bill. Unions representing ten of thousands of employees called for a general strike on Wednesday.>> We do not need any foreign interference. We called on the government to withdraw this draft for the income tax law, because it is imposed by the International Monetary Fund.
And we oppose any foreign law that is implemented in Jordan.>> When the Prime Minister was appointed in May 2016, he was given the task of reviving a sluggish economy. The government says it needs more funds for public services, but politicians and economists say tough fiscal plans from the IMF have made things harder for the poor and middle class.
Sources say that King Abdullah has ordered an audience with Mulki in his palace, later on Monday.