Jordan braces for a major protest in Amman, the capital, on Friday staged by the Muslim Brotherhood which said would demand real reforms, a day after King Abdullah dissolved Parliament paving the way for elections.
Parliamentary elections will be held by early next year and be overseen by an independent commission, government spokesman Samih al-Maitah said. The Parliament was elected almost two years ago.
Under the constitution, the Cabinet must resign within a week of the parliament’s dissolution.
The “Friday to Rescue the Nation” demonstration which the Brotherhood’s Islamic Action Front political arm said would have more than 50,000 people calling for political and economic reforms. The Brotherhood and a coalition of tribal and other groups have been pressing the monarch to speed up what they consider to be the slow pace of political reform.
Organizers of the pro-monarchy Youth Coalition of Loyalty and Allegiance canceled their planned demonstration in support of the king, saying they wanted to avoid tensions.
Numerous demonstrations have taken place in Jordan since January 2011 to call for political and economic reforms and demand an end to corruption.
89 members of Jordan’s 120-seat Parliament signed a petition for the dismissal of Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh Sept. 2 over increasing fuel prices and “because of recent appointments in top posts based on nepotism,” the official Petra news agency reported.
The Brotherhood says it would boycott the polls as it did in 2010 to protest against the lack of solid reforms, while calling for a parliamentary system where the prime minister is elected, rather than named by the king.
In an exclusive interview with AFP news agency last month, the king said a decision by the Islamists to boycott the vote was “a tremendous miscalculation.”