Jordan's king demands "quick, real" reforms

18:27, February 21, 2011      

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King Abdullah II of Jordan called on Sunday for "real and quick reforms," pledging not to allow anybody to spread division or harm the country's stability amidst pro- reform protests, state-run Petra news agency reported.

The Jordanian leader pledged to root out corruption and called for a comprehensive dialogue and more involvement of citizens in the decision-making process, Petra said.

"I am waiting for government to come up with recommendations on a mechanism for comprehensive national dialogue to tackle necessary steps to achieve political reforms, at the top of which is studying and updating all legislation governing political and civic work, namely the election law," Abdullah II told a gathering of officials, legislators and judiciary members.

Highlighting the responsibility to combat corruption, Abdullah II said, "If there is any suspicion of corruption, an investigation should start promptly."

The Jordanian leader also ordered economic reforms to improve people's standards of living, ensure justice, and create job opportunities for youth, who he said will endure all difficulties if they are confident that they are moving towards a better future.

In a reference to assaults by gangs of thugs last Friday against peaceful pro-reform demonstrators, Abdullah II said, "The stability, freedom and openness prevailing in Jordan and the tolerance that characterizes this country have regrettably tempted a small group to take advantage of such a climate to try to poison the atmosphere and to harm the country and the people."

"I want to state clearly today that nothing will change Jordan' s policy of openness, the culture of pluralism and acceptance of all constructive and frank opinions. These are constants in Jordan and they will not change ... I want to make it clear to everyone that I will not allow, nor will Jordanians allow, anybody to spread division or harm the country's stability and achievements or the unity and cohesion of our people," said Abdullah II.

Source: Xinhua
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