World Bulletin / News Desk
Thousands of Jordanian Islamist supporters marched on Friday in the largest demonstration since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted last year, calling on King Abdullah to accelerate democratic reforms.
Protestors from across the country flocked to the main street leading to the Husseini mosque in downtown Amman after Friday prayers and chanted: "Listen Abdullah, our demands are legitimate."
The "Friday to Rescue the Nation" rally was called by the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition party, to push for their demands for broader political representation and a more democratic parliament.
Sheikh Hamam Said, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, said a concessionary move by the monarch to dissolve a rubber-stamp, tribal-dominated parliament on Thursday to set the stage for elections expected early next year was not enough.
His party will not go back on decision to boycott future elections under the current political system, he said.
The Islamists say electoral laws passed last July are tailored to curb their influence by drawing constituencies lines in favour of sparsely populated, pro-government tribal areas that have a majority of parliamentary seats. Heavily populated cities which are their traditional strongholds are grossly under-represented, they say.
Hundreds of youths carried banners saying: "The corrupt are God's enemies" and "For how long will the regime protect corrupt officials?"
Other placards called on the powerful security forces to end their pervasive role in political life.
Jordan has had nearly two years of peaceful street protests by Islamists, tribal figures and leftists, inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings, but they have focused on reforming government and limiting King Abdullah's powers rather than ousting him.
The large demonstration went peacefully after loyalists who had planned to congregate at the same location called off a counter rally, defusing tensions that had raised prospects of clashes.
Military estimates strike resulted in more than $2M in lost revenue
Ayad Allawi calls for ‘transitional body’ to administrate city following its recapture from isil
Since Hassan Rouhani assumed presidency, Iranian defense spending has risen by whopping 80 percent
No group has yet claimed responsibility for blast, which left six police dead and another three injured
The PYD forced us from our lands, say Syrians sheltering in Sanliurfa, Turkey, blaming the US for PYD provocation
Border guard killed in kingdom’s southwest when vehicle strikes roadside bomb near Yemen border
Fears growing for fate of men who crossed into regime-held areas of war-torn city
ISIL targets hit in airstrikes as part of Operation Euphrates Shield
Turkish troops have attacked Kurdish forces multiple times since Ankara entered Syria in August.
Boeing and Honeywell Aerospace will be the main contractors in aircraft sales. Up to 60 Americans -- both private and government employees -- will work in Saudi Arabia to maintain the aircraft.
Human Rights Watch says Saudi-led coalition used US weapons in two strikes that killed dozens of civilians
'These meetings are starting points in addressing a challenging situation,' US-led coalition says
Russian FM Lavrov says the combat operations were suspended for evacuation of civilians from Aleppo
In related development, Knesset approves first reading of bill that would legitimize illegal West Bank settlements
Under Operation Euphrates Shield, 12 targets are flattened and 23 ISIL extremists are neutralized in northern Syria by Turkey's military
Syrian regime's capture of Aleppo will not stop Syria war, US official says