Jordan has launched new austerity measures as a first step to decreasing its budget deficit, Al Jazeera reported yesterday.
Officials hope the steps will reduce government spending by 150 million dinars ($211 million) this year, according to an announcement made by the newly appointed Prime Minister Omar Al-Razzaz.
In a statement, the government agreed not to buy cars, furniture or any other accessories except when there is an urgent need and after a permission from the prime minister.
The government also limited the number of diplomats send on international missions to not more than three people.
Jordan spent 2.8 billion dinars (£3.9 billion) in the first four months of this year, Al Jazeera reported, compared to 2.5 billion dinars ($3.5 billion) during the same period last year.