Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Lawlessness and lynchings in Venezuela

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Abkhazia, a land in search of identity

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Volkswagen: ‘We've changed the foundations of our company’

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

The chandelier, master of light

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Vive le vin! Understanding France’s love of wine

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Amnesty accuses Sudan of chemical attacks on civilians

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump accuses Google of 'suppressing bad news about Clinton'

Read more

THE DEBATE

What's the deal with oil? Saudi Arabia's about-face on OPEC (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

What's the deal with oil? Saudi Arabia's about-face on OPEC (part 1)

Read more

Middle east

Demonstrators denounce corruption, call for curbs on king's powers

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-02-16

Some 1,500 Jordanians gathered to demonstrate against "government corruption" in the northern city of Irbid on Wednesday while a group of university students staged a sit-in in Amman, calling for curbs on King Abdullah II's powers.

AFP - Around 1,500 Jordanians demonstrated on Wednesday in the northern city of Irbid, demanding reforms and denouncing "government corruption," one of the protesters said.
              
"Trade unionists, representatives of various political parties and women's organisations took part in the demonstration to protest against poverty, oppression and government corruption," the protester added.
              
The demonstrators called for a "trial of the corrupt" and demanded a new electoral law as well as economic reforms.
              
In Amman, a group of young Jordanian university students staged a sit-in outside the royal court and called for King Abdullah II's powers to be curbed.
              
"The king should not rule by appointing prime ministers," Basel Bashabshah, coordinator of the Youth for Change movement, told AFP.
              
"We demand constitutional and political reforms as well as limited powers for the king," Bashabshah said, as he and around 30 students held a "symbolic" sit-in outside the palace in the city centre.
              
He said the students called for parliamentary governments and "true" economic reforms.
              
The group held banners reading: "The people want to form their own government," and "reform starts with the constitution."
              
The demonstrators were echoing demands by the powerful Islamist opposition, which has called for constitutional amendments to curb the king's power in naming heads of government, arguing that the premiership should go to the leader of the majority in parliament.
              
Jordan's constitution, adopted in 1952, gives the king the exclusive prerogative to appoint and dismiss prime ministers.
              

 

Date created : 2011-02-16

  • JORDAN

    Jordan king swears in government after protests

    Read more

  • JORDAN

    Tunisia-inspired protests force Jordan's king to name new premier

    Read more

  • JORDAN

    Amman demonstrators march on premier's office demanding reforms

    Read more

COMMENT(S)