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Protesters call for constitutional reform in Jordan

Arab World Materials 29 July 2011 18:06
About 2,000 Jordanians took to the streets after Friday prayers to demand constitutional reform, protest the government crackdown on the media and call for action
Protesters call for constitutional reform in Jordan

About 2,000 Jordanians took to the streets after Friday prayers to demand constitutional reform, protest the government crackdown on the media and call for action against corruption , dpa reported

The protests were organized by the Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition parties and youth groups.

Protesters made their way from the Grand Husseini Mosque in Amman to central Nakheel Square, which was the scene for clashes with security forces earlier this month.

The participants chanted slogans and held placards calling for reform and social justice.

Similar protests were reported in the cities of Tafileh, Karak, Irbid and Mafraq.

The protests came after details of amendments to the constitution as proposed by an ad hoc panel appointed by King Abdullah II were leaked.

"The protesters considered the proposed amendments as falling short of the people's demands in having a constitutional monarchy with governments formed on the basis of parliamentary majorities," an activist said.

The proposed amendments are expected to be made public next week, officials said.

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