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Jordanians protest despite cabinet reshuffle

Hundreds of Jordanians took to the street to demand the resignation of the government of Maaruf Bakhit

AFP , Friday 8 Jul 2011
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Hundreds of pro-reform Jordanians demonstrated on Friday in Amman and other cities, demanding the resignation of the government nearly a week after Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit reshuffled his cabinet.

"Bakhit go home, the people want reform," chanted around 200 opposition Islamists outside the premier's office in Amman.

"No to corruption. The government should be sacked," read one banner carried by demonstrators, also demanding: "Security agencies -- stop interfering in political life."

Also on Friday, more than 200 people held similar protests in the southern city of Karak as well as the Greco-Roman town of Jerash, north of Amman, urging "true constitutional and democratic reforms" and the dissolution of parliament.

Bakhit on Saturday made his first cabinet reshuffle since forming his government in February, but the move failed to calm the powerful Islamist opposition, which along with other Jordanians wants sweeping general reforms and an end to corruption.

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