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Jordan has protests and drama too

In all of the excitement about Tunisia and Egypt, what would be the biggest story of the week most weeks is at risk of going unnoticed.  People in Jordan are unhappy too.  Now, King Abdullah is appointing a new Prime Minister to address the unemployment and rising prices that have led to recent protests, reports BBC News.  But don’t expect a revolution in Jordan to appear on the horizon. The monarchy is popular in Jordan.  There is a large, poor Palestinian population that a change of government risks unleashing.  The protests in Jordan are being led by the Islam Action Front, an Islamist group.  The center piece of their demonstrations is the right to elect the Prime Minister, rather than risk a corrupt man being appointed by the King.  The new guy’s name is Marouf Bakhit.


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