Protests in Amman demand resignation of Jordanian cabinet
Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets in Amman and other major cities on Friday demanding the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit and the dissolution of the lower house of parliament, dpa reported
About 2,000 activists, belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood movement and other major opposition and youth groups, demonstrated outside the Grand Husseini Mosque in central Amman after Friday prayers under the slogan "You Will Not Be Able to Cheat Us".
The Friday protests have become a regular event since the Arab Spring this year, which saw leaders in Egypt and Tunisia toppled.
Protestors raised placards calling for the downfall of Bakhit's government and the dissolution of the lower house, which they said had failed to adopt the required political reforms.
The protesters called for the formation of a "national salvation government" for overseeing the next general elections which they said should produce a cabinet with a parliamentary majority.
Demonstrators in particular criticised the lower house for approving earlier this week an article in the anti-corruption law that fines people, who charge officials with corruption without evidence, between 42,000 and 84,000 dollars.
"We are here today to demand governments that say no to corrupts rather than providing them with immunity," Adnan Majali, a prominent Brotherhood leader, said during the rally.
He charged that the government had colluded with the house to adopt amendments to the constitution that "largely fall short of the people's demands".