Here once again we see Islamic supremacists calling for democracy, because they know they will win any honest vote and be able thereafter to impose Sharia. “Jordan Islamists demand speedy political reform,” by Suleiman al-Khalidi for Reuters, February 4:
AMMAN (Reuters) – Hundreds of Jordanians, inspired by demonstrations in Egypt, protested on Friday against King Abdullah’s government reshuffle saying it did not meet their calls for political reform.
Protesters, drawn mainly from Jordan’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood, said the hundreds of thousands of Egyptians demanding an immediate end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule were charting a road to freedom and democracy for all Arabs against autocratic rulers.
Abdullah on Tuesday asked Marouf Bakhit, a conservative former premier with a military background, to head the government after accepting the resignation of Samir Rifai, whose dismissal was demanded in protests across the country.
But the appointment of Bakhit angered the main Islamist opposition as his last government oversaw 2007 local and parliamentary elections seen as marred by vote-rigging that left them with a handful of seats in a pro-government assembly.
“No to Rifai; No to Bakhit. We want an elected prime minister,” chanted the mainly Islamist crowd, joined by scores of left-wing protesters and activists.
Sheikh Hamza Mansour, head of the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, said: “We want changes in policy and laws. It is not about changing faces.”…
On Thursday, Abdullah met leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood during which he said the pace of political reforms in recent years had faced hurdles and pledged to fight corruption.
The Brotherhood — an opponent of Israel, with which Jordan has a peace treaty, and the United States — said its leaders raised long-standing demands for wider freedom and an end to laws that curb civil liberties.
“We want seriousness and reforms on the ground. We want initiatives now where people feel they are partners in decision making,” Sheikh Mansour, who attended the meeting with the monarch, told protesters on Friday.