Opposition protests continue in Jordan

January 21, 2011 15:45


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AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan's opposition on Friday vowed to continue protests over price increases and inflation until resignation of the prime minister and his government.

More than 5,000 people from across the political spectrum, including the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, the left wing groups and the trade unions staged Friday what they called a "Day of Rage" in the Jordanian capital of Amman and in the northern town of Irbid.

They demanded Prime Minister Samir Rifai step down and for Jordanians to be able to elect their prime minister and other ministers rather than having them appointed by King Abdullah II.

Streets protests have mounted over the past week, spurred on by Tunisia's example, and despite government moves to lower the prices on basic goods and fuel.

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