November 14, 2012

The End of Absolute Monarchy in Jordan

Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast

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The blue-eyed king and beautiful queen of Jordan are facing the biggest crisis of their reign. On Tuesday night, riots and protests broke out in many of the country’s cities. Some in the crowd shouted “the people want the fall of the regime.” Others burned the monarch’s portrait. One longtime supporter of the royals even suggested privately “it’s not a question of if, but when” King Abdullah’s rule will end. That may well be an overstatement. The protests only included a few thousand people all told. But the pressures for truly major political reforms are mounting.

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TAGGED: King Abdullah II, Amman, Muslim Brotherhood, Middle East, Jordan

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