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’Jordan on Verge of Political Crisis’


Jordanian riot police prevent the Islamic Action Front Party protesters from approaching the government office on December 24, 2011, during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Amman.

A senior Jordanian opposition figure lashed out at the country’s government for blocking political reforms, cautioning that the policy has brought Jordan on the verge of crisis and collapse.

Speaking to Fars News Agency on Saturday, Secretary-General of the Jordanian Democratic Popular Unity Party Saeed Thyab pointed to growing popular demand for reforms in the country, and said, "...what is happening now is that the government has approved an election law and is insisting on elections based on that very law. That means the government has closed the door of reform to the opposition."

"This action will place the regime in confrontation against the political forces in a real political crisis, specially considering that the Jordanian people plan to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections in the country," Thyab added.

The Arab Spring typhoons reached the coasts of Jordan as the country’s Islamist and opposition leaders in massive rallies across the country warned that the final countdown has started for toppling the corrupt government of Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh and King Abdullah.

Thousands of Jordanian people staged rallies in Amman in June to demonstrate against the recent hikes in commodity prices, demanding sweeping political changes and constitutional reforms as well as election of a new popular government and a powerful parliament.

Jordan has witnessed regular street protests since January last year demanding sweeping reforms and tough action against corruption.

Source: Fars News Agency

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