The Muslim Brotherhood leads Jordan protests: Jordan government falls as King sacks cabinet and appoints new PM
Jordan’s King Abdullah abruptly dismissed his government Tuesday as the street protest revolution spreads with demands for reforms and lower prices.
As the Mubarak regime gritted its teeth for a million-man rally in Cairo, thousands of Jordanians took to the streets, and King Abdullah quickly met their demands and fired his prime minister, Samir Rafi. The cabinet resigned, and the king named Marouf al-Bakhit, a former army general, as his prime minister-designate after protesters demanded a speed-up in political reforms and lower fuel and food prices.
The Jordanian protests were led by trade unionists, leftists and the Muslim Brotherhood, Jordan’s largest opposition group, but unlike the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt, there were no calls to overthrow the monarchy.