Jordan's king calls early elections

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Jordan's king calls early elections

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In Jordan the Muslim Brotherhood – the largest opposition in the government – has organised a street demonstration which it is calling, “Friday to Rescue the Nation”.

It is likely to be the biggest demo against what the organisers say is the slow pace of political reform.

To date such protests have been peaceful but counter demonstrations in the area planned by pro-government groups have raised fears of confrontations.

Earlier King Abdullah passed a royal decree to dissolve parliament paving the way for elections. No date was given for the ballot which will decide the make up of the 120-member lower house.

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood has already said it would boycott the polls unless their demands are met for an overhaul of the parliamentary system in which the prime minister is appointed by the king rather than elected.

The country has had nearly two years of street marches inspired by the Arab Spring. There are claims too an investigation into corruption involving government ministers has been impeded.