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Thousands March for Reform in Jordan


World  (tags: world, middle-east, news, politics, Jordan, protests, Arab Springgovernment )

Cal
- 811 days ago - latimes.com
Led by the Muslim Brotherhood, demonstrators hold the country's largest rally since the region's Arab Spring protests began. While the king remains popular, changes to parliament are sought.



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Stephen Brian (23)
Friday October 5, 2012, 10:43 pm
It looks like the king arranged to make the reforms before the protests began. There appears to be serious goodwill from the king regarding the reforms, so I am hopeful that there will be no chaos nor violence in Jordan. At the same time, not all of the demands are necessarily good ideas, so some will likely not result in reforms.

For example, there are very good reasons to give the monarch the power to choose the prime minister, though the reasons themselves depend on the precise role of parliament. If parliament is largely independent of the monarch, then normally the monarch will rubber-stamp the leader of the winning party as prime-minister, except in cases of pluralities where the party which won the most votes is too distantly divided from the others to form a ruling coalition. In that case, the monarch may choose the leader of another party. If parliament is more of an advisory body for the monarch, then it becomes very important for the prime minister to be someone with whom the monarch can work effectively, and depending on the politics of the parties, the person preferred by the party that wins the elections may not always be the best choice for prime minister.
 

Karen Martinez (18)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:46 am
hopefully they will be able to negotiate and come up with a compromise with which both sides can live.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 10:28 am
In one of the most stable countries in the Middle East, it figures, the Brotherhood would try to stir up trouble.
If only the non-extremists had the means to confront these militants, countries like Jordan would have no political issues.
 

llouise Woychesko (1)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 4:31 pm
What is the true objective of the Muslim Brotherhood?
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 5:39 pm
King Abdullah was interviewed by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show within the past couple of weeks...you might want to check that out....click on "Videos" at the Daily Show website.
This country has always seemed "moderate" to me in comparison with other Arab countries. Former King Hussain even married an American--Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor. Since his death, his son has seemingly done his best to keep peace in the region. I'll be interested in knowing the outcome here.
 

paul m. (93)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 9:35 am


Noted
 

Ge M. (218)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 11:09 am
Jordan should actually be Palestinian, the land was stolen from them but there has been a staggering amount of silence about that. One only needs to look at the flags to see.

As far as Muslim controlled countries go, this is a well run and the people are reasonably wealthy although Palestinians do not do as well. Although there is silence about that and other Muslim controlled countries and their abuses towards Palestinians!

However, the MB want to run ALL countries and are starting with Muslim controlled ones as the easiest to start with. I am deeply concerned about the future of Jordan and other countries where there are large amounts of Muslims living.
 

Roger M. (0)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 12:18 pm
Thanks for the update on this, Cal.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 5:11 pm
Noted, hope there will be an end to the killing !
 

Janet B. (36)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 5:22 pm
Have hope, and a prayer.
 

Bernard Cronyn (31)
Monday October 8, 2012, 5:42 am
I am sure this will all end in a predictable manner. Peaceful demonstrations will take place with women, gays and all religious minorities well represented. This will be followed by peaceful negotiations that will lead to; yes you have guessed it, free and fair elections and a wonderful ME Democracy that will be an example to the world.

P.S. The “little Folk” at the end of my garden down by the brook, wish all Care2 readers and staff a pleasant week.
 

Rin S. (10)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 2:36 am
Thank you, noted.
 
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