Jordan’s Prime Minister Steps Down in Wake of Protests

Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigned Monday after thousands protested in recent days against his government’s plan to increase taxes, causing uncertainty in a country that is a vital U.S. ally in the region, The Wall Street Journal reported. King Abdullah II has accepted the resignation of Mr. Mulki’s government, Jordan’s Royal Court said. The king thanked the prime minister in a statement for his service and dedication in making difficult and unpopular decisions. The resignation appears aimed at alleviating tensions after intensifying calls for Mr. Mulki’s dismissal by protesters who said his handling of the economy caused problems. But it remains unclear if the demonstrators will be pacified by the move. Read more. (Subscription required.)