Jordanians want PM out, parliament dissolved

More than 1,000 people demonstrated in Jordan`s capital Amman, demanding regime reforms.

Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 18:44 PM IST

Amman: More than 1,000 people demonstrated on Friday in Jordan`s capital Amman, demanding "regime reforms," Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit`s ouster and the dissolution of
parliament.

"The people want to reform the regime and eliminate
corruption. Jordan is free, Bakhit, get out," demonstrators
chanted as they marched from Al-Husseini mosque in the city
centre to the nearby city hall.

Holding large national flags, the protesters carried
banners reading "the people want democracy and social justice"
and "we want to dissolve parliament."

The demonstration was organised by the powerful Muslim
Brotherhood and its political arm, the Islamic Action Front
(IAF), as well as leftist and other opposition parties.

"The demonstrations will continue until reforms are
achieved," Jamil Abu Baker, Brotherhood spokesman, said to a news agency.

"So far, we cannot see any (government) intention to
carry out reforms. The people are determined to have real
reforms and get rid of corruption."

Hundreds of March 24 youth movement members, who were
attacked last month by government supporters in clashes that
killed one man and injured 160, held a sit-in outside the city
hall, calling for general reforms and singing national songs.

Around 200 policemen were deployed as dozens of
government supporters gathered in the area.

Pro-reform demonstrations were held in other, such as
Karak and Maan in the south, and Zaraqa and Irbid in the
north.

Yesterday, the US embassy in Amman told Americans to
avoid areas of protests, saying that "even demonstrations
intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly
escalate into violence."

Jordan has been the scene of three months of protests
calling for political and economic reforms as well as the
stamping out of corruption.

PTI