Amid pressure from Jordan’s largest protests since the Arab Spring, Prime Minister-designate Omar Razzaz announced 7 June the government would bin a controversial planned tax hike. This is but Amman’s latest attempt to conciliate public outrage. King Abdullah already agreed to cancel price hikes for electricity and transport fuels on 1 June; he then forced out previous PM Hani al-Mulki three days later.

Coercing the monarch to ease reform efforts is a considerable victory for...