Jordan Islamists Say Constitutional Reform Proposals Insufficientإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Jordan's powerful Islamist opposition said on Monday that the constitutional reform proposals unveiled by King Abdullah II were "important" but not enough.
"After examining the recommendations and the current situation of the country, we would like to stress that they are important, but do not meet the demands of people," the Islamic Action Front (IAF) said on its website.
"In order to overcome the crisis the country is facing now, and to turn democracy into a reality, more constitutional amendments are needed."
The IAF reiterated its demands that the king "should appoint the leader of a parliamentary majority as prime minister."
"This is key to empowering the people as well as enhancing political life and democracy," it added.
The king on Sunday unveiled proposals made by the Royal Committee on Constitutional Review, which he named in April, including the creation of a constitutional court.
The recommendations are likely to empower parliament and enhance separation of powers, but the king can still appoint prime ministers.
"The senate has a legislative role to do and it should be elected, and not appointed by the king. It should not be an advisory council to the king," said the IAF.
The Islamists also demanded the abolition of the military state security court.
The committee has suggested that the jurisdiction of the court, accused by activists of being illegal, should be limited to cases of high treason, espionage and terrorism.
"Any amendments must be accompanied by a serious will for reform," the IAF said.
The Islamists have urged the king to instigate changes similar to measures taken by his Moroccan counterpart, who has announced comprehensive reforms including greater independence for the judiciary, enhanced powers for the premier and the separation of powers.