Cost of bread doubles in Jordan as subsidies lifted

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Jordan on Saturday increased the price of bread by up to 100 percent after lifting subsidies on the staple in a bid to redress its debt-riddled economy.

The move is expected to affect low income Jordanians, for whom flat pitta-like bread is an essential part of meals.

Past price hikes have sparked riots in the cash-strapped country which has few natural resources.

The price of a kilo of white bread was raised by 100 percent from 16 piastres to 32 piasters ($0.45), while the price of smaller flat bread rose by more than 67 percent.

Flat bread known as “taboon”, a staple on the dinner tables of low-income Jordanians, rose 90 percent.

The price of other breads remained unchanged.

The official Petra news agency, quoting the trade and industry ministry, said the new prices will remain in effect until December 31.

“This decision will undoubtedly affect Jordanians,” said shopper Ahmad Ramadan as he queued at an Amman bakery.

“Someone paid 300 dinars ($423) a month who spends a dinar a day on bread will end up having to allocate 30 dinars a month for bread alone,” he said.

“Everything will increase, even the price of sandwiches. God help everyone,” he said.

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