Jordanian king accepts resignation of PM

King Abdullah II has accepted the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Hani Mulki, according to the Royal Palace on Monday.

Petra quoted the Royal Palace as saying that Mulki submitted his resignation to King Abdullah earlier on Monday, in the wake of the largest anti-government protests since 2011.

Thousands have flocked 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.

Mulki served for two years as the head of an unpopular government tasked with implementing economic reforms sought by the International Monetary Fund.

Thousands of Jordanians protested against a planned tax increase, marching toward the office of the prime minister and demanding his resignation.

Source: Kuwait News Agency