Published January 18, 2013
AMMAN, Jordan – Hundreds of Jordanian Islamists, youth activists and other opposition groups are rallying in the capital, Amman, calling for a boycott of next week's parliament elections.
Friday's peaceful demonstration drew about 1,300 Muslim Brotherhood members and others, united in the election boycott and in demands that King Abdullah II cede some of his powers and give parliament more say in the country.
Holding up small yellow cards mimicking a judge's warning to players in soccer games, the protesters chanted: "Freedom, freedom. This is not a royal gift, but our right."
The demonstration comes just five days before elections that will for the first time see a prime minister emerge from among the winning candidates, rather than by appointment by the king.
The protesters say such reforms do not go far enough.