Jordan expands subsidies, raises salaries

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s prime minister says he is expanding subsidies for fuel and staple products and raising salaries for civil servants at a cost of $425 million in 2011.

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Published: Thu 20 Jan 2011, 10:47 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:04 AM

Samir Rifai’s announcement follows widespread public criticism that a recent government subsidy program was insufficient.

Last week, Rifai announced a $125 million package of new subsidies for fuel and staple products like sugar and rice. The move appeared to be sparked by concerns of economic protests that have rocked Tunisia.

Thursday’s package includes a raise for civil servants, and an increase in pensions for retired military and civilian personnel as of Jan. 1. Rifai said the subsidies will also cover livestock and liquefied gas used for heating and cooking.

Rifai spoke at a special parliamentary session on ways to help the poor.

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