Thousands protest in Jordan against corruption

Filed on October 7, 2011

AMMAN More than 3,000 people on Friday took part in an anti-corruption march in the Jordanian capital organised for the first time by a newly formed partnership of Islamists and leftists.

“No to protecting the corruption of the government,” demonstrators chanted on the march from Al-Hussein mosque in central Amman to the town hall, one kilometre (less than a mile) away.

The demonstrators carried banners reading: “Political reform is the path to wiping out corruption... Corruption is the cause of poverty and unemployment.”

The National Reform Front (NFR) head, former premier Ahmad Obeidat, told AFP the protesters demanded “an end to corruption in all its forms: political, administrative, legislative and financial.”

It was the first public action by the NFR, a partnership formed in May by the Muslim Brotherhood, leftist parties, trade union leaders and independent figures.

Jordan has been the scene of protests since January to demand sweeping economic and political reform.

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