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October 11, 2018

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan’s Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz announced a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, which officials said consolidated the grip of technocrats charged with speeding up IMF-guided economic reforms crucial to rejuvenate sluggish growth.

Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, was appointed by the monarch last June. His predecessor, Hani al-Mulki, resigned in an attempt to defuse a crisis that saw some of the largest protests in years over IMF austerity measures, including tax hikes.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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