Jordan: Calls to limit King's powers
Jordan's King Abdullah II faced unprecedented calls by Islamists, liberals and traditional supporters to move towards a constitutional monarchy, Jordanian politicians said on Tuesday. Sheikh Hammam Said, head of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, stated voters should have the right to elect their prime minister, an appointment currently made by the king.
"We are seeking an elected government where people choose their governments," he said, according to Reuters.
On Sunday, King Abdullah urged speedy reforms, comprehensive dialogue and more efforts to battle corruption. "When I talk about reform, it means that I want real and fast reforms," the king told government officials, MPs, senators and members of the judiciary, the state-run Petra news agency reported. "Political reforms need to be modern. I am waiting for government recommendations about a mechanism for a comprehensive dialogue to help achieve political development," he added.
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