Jordanian MPs call for more transparent fuel pricing

23 July 2008
Members of Jordan’s parliament have requested that the government becomes more transparent about how it sets the price of petrol, diesel and gas amid growing popular unrest at the rising cost of fuel.

The head of parliament’s Energy and Mineral Resources Committee, Atef Tarawneh, has also asked the government to lower or remove sales taxes on petrol, diesel and gas.

The government levies a sales tax of 6 per cent on all types of fuel.

Since the end of fuel subsidies in February, the Jordanian government has reviewed prices every month.

Because the price of oil on international markets has climbed steadily since the beginning of 2008, the government has raised fuel prices most months.

Prime Minister Nader Dahabi also announced that subsidies will be increased for domestic gas cylinders for the poorest Jordanians in time for the winter.

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