November 3, 2013
THE REFORMATION ROLLS ON...:
Jordan's king calls for reform as opposition simmers (JAMAL HALABY November 3, 2013, AP)
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2013 1:42 PM
Abdullah told parliament's opening session that he will press ahead with plans to amend election laws the opposition says favor pro-palace candidates and overhaul a public sector widely seen as rife with corruption and nepotism.The king called the reforms a "white revolution" -- a term royal aides say signifies a peaceful change rather than one of turmoil like those brought by the Arab Spring, which saw four regional leaders deposed in uprisings.The plan, the king said, will restructure state agencies and improve the quality of education, health care and public transportation in a key US ally bordering Syria, Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Israel and Saudi Arabia."Jordan is continuing its quest to develop a regional reform model that is home-grown and based on a clear roadmap with specific reform milestones," the king said.