The Secretary General of Al-Wasat Al-Islami Party in Jordan has appealed to King Abdullah to intervene and stop the government from removing subsidies on fuel prices. The move is necessary, claimed Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Al-Hajj, to preserve safety and security in the country.
Dr. Al-Hajj called on the government to search for an alternative to raising more money by indirect taxation and hitting citizens in their pockets. “We in Al-Wasat Al-Islami appeal to His Majesty to intervene to stop a rise in fuel prices as he did previously,” he told Quds Press. “We believe that these measures will affect the upcoming elections in which we had decided to participate.” If the subsidies are removed, he warned, the party may reverse the decision to take part. “The party has seen citizens burning their ballot papers in protest against the decisions to raise prices.”
He confirmed his party’s rejection of violent protests and vandalism against official institutions and security officials.
“We are still with those protesting against rising prices, but we also appeal to citizens not to resort to the sabotage of public institutions and official property and not to use violence,” Al-Hajj said. “We appeal for peaceful protests and hope that they will not turn violent.”