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Jordanians Want Government Sacked

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TEHRAN, May 21 (ICANA) – Thousands of Jordanians have poured into the streets across the country to protest against what they called the government's failure to fight corruption.
Saturday, May 21, 2011 2:11:31 PM
Jordanians Want Government Sacked

Criticizing the government for the delay in adopting political and economic reforms, nearly 2,500 protesters gathered near the interior ministry in the capital following the Friday Prayers. They called for the resignation of Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit's government and the dissolution of the lower house of parliament.

"The people want to reform the regime and end tyranny. No to corruption," protesters shouted in the capital, Amman.

"Reform starts with combating corruption and the corrupt," read a banner carried by the demonstrators.

"The government is corrupt and oppressive. Reform is inevitable, and rulers have two choices: adopt reforms or quit," AFP quoted Zaki Bani Rsheid, leader of the Islamic Action Front political office, as saying.

In another protest in Amman, nearly 100 people gathered near the Israeli embassy and called for the return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland and an end to diplomatic ties between Amman and Tel Aviv.

"No to the Zionist embassy and its ambassador," and "destroy the peace treaty," the protesters chanted.

In the cities of Tafileh, Zarqa and Karak, hundreds of people took to the streets, calling on Prime Minister Bakhit to resign. Demonstrators say he has failed to adopt the required reforms as tasked by the king.

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