Jordan's Islamists to join opposition protests

January 13, 2011 15:05


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AMMAN, Jordan  — Jordan's Islamist opposition sayid it is joining labor activists in nationwide protests over jobs and inflation.

The government slashed prices and taxes on some foods and fuel this week to help the poor, possibly fearing a replica of the deadly economic riots rocking Tunisia and Algeria.

But a spokesman for the powerful Muslim Brotherhood said Thursday the measures were insufficient.

Jamil Abu Bakr said the Brotherhood will participate in protests called for Friday in major cities, but not in the capital, Amman, where other activists will demonstrate.

He added the group will stage a sit-in in front of parliament Sunday.

Jordan has been tackling a high 11.9 percent employment rate coupled with 6.1 percent inflation.

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