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Jordan`s king dissolves parliament

King was planning as a part of his promised reforms

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On the eve of a protest expected in Amman Friday, Jordan`s king has dissolved the country`s parliament and called for early elections close to the new year.

This isn`t the first time King Abdullah II has responded pre-emptively to a possible Arab Spring-inspired demonstration in the country. But it could foreshadow the seriousness of the rally, which is likely to echo the push for democratic reforms that have swept North Africa and the Middle East.

Popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya ousted longtime leaders from power. In nearly two years, King Abdullah has fired four prime ministers.

In February 2011, shortly before Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down following weeks of intense protest, Abdullah dismissed his government and appointed a new prime minister. The king ordered Marouf al-Bakhit to make "genuine political reform," the country`s royal court reported.

The government, the king then promised, would "take practical steps, quick and concrete, to launch a process of genuine political reform" and "comprehensive development," according to a letter from the king to al-Bakhit. The government would act to strengthen democracy, the letter said.

New prime ministers were subsequently appointed in October of 2011 and May of 2012.

On Thursday, government spokesman Samih al-Maitah framed the king`s latest decision as a move he was planning as a part of his promised reforms.

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