Jordanian protesters demand political reform
Thousands of Jordanians held protests on Friday to demand that King Abdullah II relinquish his constitutional authority to appoint the government, one day after the prime minister resigned over alleged differences with the monarch, dpa reported.
Islamists, leftists and independent activists took part in the protests in major cities.
Awn Khasawneh resigned as prime minister on Thursday over alleged attempts by the king to undermine democratic reforms.
Protesters criticised King Abdullah's choice of Fayez Tarawneh, a political conservative and longtime Royal Court adviser, to succeed Khasawneh, whose resignation marked the fourth turnover in governments in Jordan since the start of the so-called Arab Spring uprisings last year.
"We want to change the politics, not the people," the protesters shouted.
The Muslim Brotherhood, Jordan's largest political movement and organiser of the protests, said Khasawneh's resignation was proof that the ruling monarch was resisting democratic reform.
"Authorities have shown they are not serious about reform, and this is why we cannot have a real democratic change in Jordan until we transfer power to the people," said Zaki Bani Rsheid of the Islamic Action Front party.
Protesters inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings have been holding demonstrations to demand political reforms but those have remained largely small compared with popular uprisings that toppled rulers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.