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Jordan’s king has dissolved parliament, paving the way for early elections, says the state’s official news agency.

The royal decree follows Abdullah II’s pledge to bring in political reforms aimed at avoiding anti-government unrest in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Jordanians have been pressing for a greater say in how their country is run and demanding corruption be tackled.

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood said in July its political party, the Islamic Action Front, would boycott the polls.

They said recent changes to electoral law did not go far enough, and warned of further public protests.

So far, protests in Jordan have been more peaceful than elsewhere in the region.

The announcement from the royal palace came on the eve of a major opposition rally to demand reforms.

BBC

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