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Jordanians slam corruption, demand elected government

Thousands of Jordanians demonstrated on Friday in the capital Amman and other cities to condemn corruption and demand reforms, as well as an elected government.

"The people want to fight corruption. The people want an elected government," around 400 demonstrators, including youths, Islamists and leftists, chanted in central Amman after midday prayers as they marched from Al-Hussein mosque to the nearby city hall.

"What happened to reform? We want to rest!" read one banner.

In East Amman, more than 350 Islamists demonstrated outside the military state security tribunal, demanding its dissolution.

"Down with the state security court that protects the corrupt. We want our freedom," they chanted.

In other parts of Jordan, about 3,000 people demonstrated in the southern cities of Tafileh, Karak and Diban, according to organizers.

"We do not want committees. We want our money and our land," the protesters chanted in Tafileh, referring to two current commissions charged with enhancing national dialogue and looking into constitutional amendments.

Since January, Jordan has faced a protest movement demanding political and economic reforms and an end to corruption.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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