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Jordan King agrees elected cabinets

Jordan's king has bowed to popular demands for reform and says future Cabinets will be formed according to an elected parliamentary majority.

Jordanians have been demanding that King Abdullah II loosen his absolute grip on power, which includes appointing prime ministers and Cabinets.

In a speech marking his 12th year as Jordan's ruler, Abdullah also promised further constitutional changes, but did not give details.

In six months of pro-democracy protests, Jordanians have also demanded a new parliamentary election. They claim November's election was marred by fraud.

Abdullah promised more reforms but warned that sudden change could lead to "chaos and unrest" as in other Arab countries.


From Belfast Telegraph