Jordan Islamists warn of social ‘explosion’
AMMAN: Jordan‘s main opposition party the Islamic Action Front (IAF) warned yesterday of social unrest as a result of “insufficient” government policies to tackle soaring prices in the cash-strapped country. “People’s patience has limits, and I think that in the coming days there will be an explosion, a very big explosion, and nobody can predict its repercussions and/or results,” Zaki Bani Rsheid, secretary general of the IAF, told AFP. “The authorities address the issue of rising prices in insufficient wa
ys, which do not solve the roots of the problem.
Prices in Jordan have risen sharply this year, with the cost of domestic fuel up by 76.1 percent since January and electricity prices up by as much as 38 percent. Food prices have also risen and the International Monetary Fund projects inflation of nine percent in 2008, up from 5.4 percent last year. King Abdullah II instructed the government on Sunday to take urgent steps to curb high prices. “Swift government measures are required to protect citizens from rising prices. It is important that such steps ha
ve positive effects that are clearly felt by people,” the king told a cabinet meeting, according to the palace. – AFP