DISTRESS OF NATIONS: Riots spread across Jordan over ‘vote-rigging’
January 24, 2013
Violent clashes erupted on Thursday between police and protestors who
accuse Jordan’s Independent Electoral Commission of vote-rigging, DPA
reported. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protestors who set fire
to government buildings. At least three people were arrested.
The clashes were reported in the southern city of Maan where four
schools were stormed, and government buildings and banks were set
Karak and Madaba, two cities also located in southern Jordan, also
saw unrest as people accused the electoral commission of “fraud.”
In the northern provinces of Irbid and Balqa, angry protestors burned
tires to block roads while calling for the overthrow of Jordan’s
Jordan’s main opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood, has been
challenging the outcome of the elections, saying the vote will not end
The Muslim Brotherhood, which had boycotted the general elections
along with other pro-reform groups, said on Thursday that measures taken
by King Abdulla II fell far short of true democratic change and that
the monarch should not have any say at all in naming a prime minister.
Preliminary figures show that more than 56 percent of registered voters cast their ballots.
Jordanians have been holding demonstrations since January 2011,
demanding political reforms, including the election of the prime
minister by popular vote and an end to corruption.
In October 2012, the Jordanian king dissolved the parliament and
called for early elections under growing public pressure. He has also
sacked three prime ministers since the start of the popular protests in
the country in a bid to appease protesters. PRESS TV
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