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Jordan risks unrest with subsidy cuts

24 January 2013

4:40 PM

24 January 2013

4:40 PM

Keep an eye on Jordan next week where King Abdullah is set to announce further subsidy cuts to water and electricity to ease the country’s economic crisis.

The last time he was forced to cut subsidies was in November, prompting widespread protests across the country. It is likely similar unrest will follow if he now announces cuts on water and electricity subsidies. For the region’s monarchies, this is particularly unsettling. So far they’ve managed to avoid much of the turbulence that swept away regimes in North Africa.

If unrest against Abdullah intensifies, don’t expect the Gulf’s monarchs to be shielded from popular protest for much longer.

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  • Hexhamgeezer

    Why doesn’t he borrow from Hamas. They are loaded.

    • Sameh Hammouri

      The Jordanian Monarchy isn’t in bed with Hamas, if that’s what you’re insinuating,

      • Hexhamgeezer

        No, simply that Hamas have aready source of funds from idiot Western govts and organisations. I reckon Jordan would use the cash far more honestly.

  • MaxSceptic

    Silver lining: When the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan falls (as it will) it will pave the way for a true ‘two state solution’.

    • Sameh Hammouri

      You mean the two stolen states solution, one stolen from it’s people by
      Zionists, and another stolen from it’s people again by Zionists to
      pacify the victims of the first theft… What a great solution!!! I’m Palestinian BTW.

  • telemachus

    If there was ever a need for emergency foreign aid this is it
    Choke off support and Syria will look like a picnic