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Topic - Leila Hilal
Jordan, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, was rocked Wednesday by a second day of protests that uncharacteristically targeted the king after the government raised fuel prices in a desperate act to reduce a massive budget deficit.
Leila Hilal, director of the Middle East task force at the New America Foundation in Washington, said, "In Jordan, there is unprecedented criticism of the king among his traditional constituents."
"They are very dissatisfied with the king, but there is not an intention, a desire or even a call among these protesting groups for toppling the monarchy."