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Five parties suspend decision to participate in polls over fuel subsidies

By JT - Nov 20,2012 - Last updated at Nov 20,2012

AMMAN — Five nationalist and leftist parties on Monday decided to suspend their decision to participate in the January 23 parliamentary elections in light of the government’s insistence on its recent economic decisions.

The parties condemned the government’s policy that “insists on challenging the will of the people” by complying with the “humiliating” terms of the International Monetary Fund, which, they said, seek to push the government to cease providing the necessary support to the middle and lower classes.

The parties are the Jordanian Democratic People’s Party (Hashed), the National Movement for Direct Democracy, the Arab Baath Progressive Party, the Jordanian Arab Socialist Baath Party and the Jordanian Communist Party.

During a meeting on Monday at the Jordanian Communist Party headquarters, the parties called for launching national dialogue among all political and social powers to reach a national consensus that is based on amending the Elections Law and postponing elections.

The parties stressed the public’s right to peaceful protests and to express their opinions against recent government measures to lift fuel subsidies, according to a statement sent to The Jordan Times.

They condemned any acts of vandalism during protests sparked by the government’s decision, noting that these acts only seek to divert popular movements from their reform goals.

The five parties called on the government to halt arrests of activists and to release all detainees, stressing the need to maintain national unity. They also urged their members and supporters to take part in peaceful protests against the government’s measures.

The parties warned against interfering in Syria’s internal conflict and succumbing to pressures by Western countries.

In addition, they called for increasing support to the Palestinian people, reconsidering the Wadi Araba Peace Treaty, withdrawing the Jordanian ambassador to Israel and expelling the Israeli ambassador in Amman.

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