Two demonstrations in Jordan to press for political reforms
Jordanians demonstrated in Amman and the northern city of Irbid on Wednesday calling for political reforms and the resignation of the new cabinet that was formed last week by Marouf Bakhit, eyewitnesses said.
Dozens of activists took part in a demonstration in front of the royal court in Amman to press for the annulment of amendments that were introduced into the 1952 constitution, which is widely perceived as a landmark in Jordan's democratic process, dpa reported.
"We are here to demand the restoration of the 1952 constitution which should represent the start of the reforms era," said Mohammad Sunaid, one of the leaders of the campaign.
In Irbid, about 80 kilometres north of Amman, hundreds of Jordanian activists, unionists and members of opposition parties marched calling for the resignation of the government, the dissolution of the lower house of parliament that was elected on November 9, 2010 and the trial of corrupts.
Two weeks ago, King Abdullah sacked the former cabinet of then- Prime Minister Samir Rifai under the pressure of a series of protests that swept the country and found inspiration from the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
Rifai was replaced by Bakhit, to whom the monarch assigned the duty of conducting speedy "real political and economic reforms."