The Jordanian government on Thursday said it has not yet taken any decision to increase the price of oil products, and warned that it will deal firmly with gas station proprietors selling these commodities at above existing prices.
The local press had reported that as of Jan. 15 prices of all oil derivatives would be hiked, with gasoline prices rising by 25 and 30 percent. The reports said diesel oil, kerosene and gas would also be increased but at lower rates.
The Jordan News Agency, Petra, quoted an official government spokesman as saying that the government had not reached a definite decision about the price of oil products adding that it required ample time to study the situation from all aspects and in relation to world oil prices and the impact any such increases would have on citizens.
Reiterating the government's warning against the sale of oil products at higher than present rates, the spokesman said legal action will be taken against anyone refusing to sell oil products under any pretexts.
The implication of the warning was that some businesses might resort to hoarding oil products in anticipation of a price increase. — ( Jordan Times )
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