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Activists call for national salvation government

By Khaled Neimat - Nov 21,2012 - Last updated at Nov 21,2012

AMMAN — Pro-reform activists on Wednesday called for the formation of a national salvation government and the cancellation of a recent decisions to lift fuel subsidies.

Participants representing over a dozen pro-reform movements from around the Kingdom attending a “national conference” organised by the National Front for Reform (NFR) called for the immediate release of all political detainees, who were arrested during the past week.

Around 200 people were detained on the backdrop of a wave of protests and riots last week over the government’s decision to lift fuel subsidies.

Movements represented at the conference, which was held to discuss the Kingdom’s reform agenda, said they would lead most of the upcoming protests and rallies, with speakers committing themselves to peaceful demonstrations on the streets.

Former prime minister Ahmad Obeidat, who heads the NFR, said preparations were under way for holding a national economic conference to discuss the recent government decision to lift subsidies.

The NFR will coordinate with all concerned parties to arrange for this event, Obeidat noted.

The front includes several opposition parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Action Front, in addition to professional associations, leading politicians and activists.

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