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Jordanians demand new constitution

2 September 2011 15:48

Hundreds of anti-government protesters have poured into the streets across Jordan to demand reforms and a new constitution.

Witnesses say protest rallies were held in several cities, including the southern city of Tafileh, following the Friday Prayers.

Chanting anti-government slogans, the demonstrators called for the replacement of country’s constitution with the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an.

Protesters have also demanded an end to corruption in the country.

They have named this Friday as “Friday of Resolve.”

Meanwhile, Jordanian activists have called for a protest rally in front of the Bahraini Embassy in the capital Amman to condemn Manama’s brutal crackdown on peaceful anti-government protesters.

Jordan has been faced with anti-government rallies demanding reforms and an end to corruption since January.

In June, in a bid to appease protesters, King Abdullah II announced a number of concessions, including the formation of future governments that were based on an elected parliamentary majority rather than one appointed by the monarch.

He later said it may take two to three years to put an elected government in place.

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