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Burden of Subsidies in Middle East

A Jordanian protester chants slogans demanding the ouster of Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour because of the new price hikes on bread, fuel and clothes, during a protest by Jordanian youth movements in Amman, Jordan.

Burden of Subsidies in the Middle East

Increasingly unaffordable subsidy programs pose a growing challenge

across the Middle East and North Africa, with governments caught between

demands by international lenders to scale back economically toxic

handouts and fears of a popular backlash.