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    Arab Spring Reaches Jordan?


    by NTDTelevision

    Thousands of Jordanians call for constitutional reform at a demonstration on Friday in central Amman.

    The protest was held one day after King Abdullah II made minor concessions, but maintained his power to appoint the prime minister and dismiss parliament at will.

    The demonstration was led by Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood.

    Thousands took to the streets, calling on people to boycott upcoming elections

    "Down with all appointed governments," was a rallying chant.

    A professor in International Relations at Jordan University, believes the push for reform is internal, although events in Syria and Palestine are also having an affect.

    [Hassan Barari, International Relations Professor, Jordan University]:
    "What happened in Syria for instance has some impact on Jordan. What might happen across the river in Palestine might have also some impacts on Jordan. The question of push for reform is internal, because people have been looking for this for such a long time."

    The demonstration was the largest in Jordan since the start of the Arab Spring movement in early 2011.