NEW JORDANIAN GOVERNMENT WINS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

AMMAN, The government of Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Thursday won the Lower House vote of confidence.

Out of the 130 members, 79 voted yes to grant confidence to the government, while 42 lawmakers voted no, and the rest either abstained or were absent.

In early June, Jordanian King Abdullah II appointed Omar Razzaz, a former education minister, as new prime minister after the resignation of Hani Mulki following nationwide protests, according to a Royal Court statement.

Razzaz was appointed following nationwide protests over the income tax law, which is part of several fiscal reforms as part of a 700-million-U.S. dollar extended fund for facility program provided by the International Monetary Fund in 2016.

On Thursday, Razzaz pledged continued commitment to reforms and to addressing challenges facing Jordanians.

The government, he said, embarked on a dialogue to reach a consensus on the income tax bill and set national priorities.

Source: Nam News Network