Jordan king urged to give up some powers

AMMAN, Jordan  — Several dozen Jordanian unionists and opposition activists rallied outside King Abdullah II's palace Wednesday, appealing to the monarch to initiate more far-reaching political reforms.
The king had largely stayed above the fray during six weeks of anti-government protests, and Wednesday's march marked the first time protesters took their grievances to the palace area.
The protests in Jordan have been inspired by unrest in Tunisia and Egypt. Activists have called for more say in politics and demanded that the government tackle high unemployment and inflation.
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