But the fiscal measures were needed, according to Marcus Chenevix, Middle East and North Africa analyst at TS Lombard. "Reform of some kind is certainly necessary. The current deficit is massive, more than 10 percent of GDP, government debt has nearly doubled since 2007 ... The country cannot go on like this," Chenevix told CNBC, adding that the unrest of the last week was a long time coming. "Fundamentally, growth in the Jordanian economy has been slowing for a decade — something had to give."
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