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Protests in Jordan have led to a new prime minister—what happens next?

Will reform reman elusive?

By Rana F Sweis   July 2018

Protests in Jordan after the previous PM resigned. Photo: MALKAWI/GETTY IMAGES

One June evening in Jordan’s capital, Amman, rows of policemen stood in a perfectly straight line next to security forces carrying batons. They blocked cars from a main road and the area known as the Fourth Circle, where the prime ministry rests on a small hill. Loud clapping, chants and cheers rang out. “Death rather than humiliation,” the protestors repeated rhythmically.

After days of widespread protests, the largest since the ill-fated Arab Spring, King Abdullah decided…

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