Jordan’s King Abdullah II has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki, the country’s royal palace has said.
Mulki submitted his resignation in a meeting with King Abdullah II on Monday.
His resignation comes amid mass protests over price hikes and an income tax reform bill.
According to an official source, the move is aimed at defusing the anger over the economic policies.
Protests have been taking place across the capital Amman and other towns for the last four days. Protesters are calling for the government to scrap the bill. They were also demanding the removal of Mulki, whose government had proposed raising the income tax by at least five percent.
Mulki assumed office in 2016 and was responsible for improving the country’s economy amid regional turmoil and a refugee crisis.
In the wake of Mulki’s resignation, Jordanian King Abdullah asked Omar al-Razzaz to form a new government.
Al-Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, is described as a more “likeable” and “accepted” character among the Jordanian people.