16 Feb '11, 9pm

Protests in #Jordan call for reform, curbs on king's powers [email protected]

Protests in #Jordan call for reform, curbs on king's powers /@danmike1

AMMAN - Around 1,500 Jordanians demonstrated on Wednesday in the northern city of Irbid, demanding reforms and denouncing "government corruption," one of the protesters said. "Trade unionists, representatives of various political parties and women's organisations took part in the demonstration to protest against poverty, oppression and government corruption," the protester added. The demonstrators called for a "trial of the corrupt" and demanded a new electoral law as well as economic reforms. In Amman, a group of young Jordanian university students staged a sit-in outside the royal court and called for King Abdullah II's powers to be curbed. "The king should not rule by appointing prime ministers," Basel Bashabshah, coordinator of the Youth for Change movement, told AFP. "We demand constitutional and political reforms as well as limited powers for the king," Bashabshah sa...

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