Jordan's Christians fear instability propagated by Muslim Brotherhood

 

"Next Friday, the Muslim Brotherhood has called for a large demonstration against the election. The leaders of the tribes have threatened to take to the streets 200 thousand people, ready to create havoc. We hope it does not happen"  said Catholic Archbishop Maroun Laham, the Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
 
Speaking about the coming parliamentary elections in the Muslim Hashemite kingdom, the archbishop spoke to the fears of Jordanian Christians about the rise of Islamists in the country.  Fears have emerged that Jordan has also been infected by the Islamist virus that has destablized the whole region and brought down several governments. The archbishop said, "The next elections in Jordan should be the first free and democratic elections . The government will be appointed for the first time by the majority party. So far it was the king to appoint the government and the prime minister. The Muslim Brotherhood have announced for a long time to want to boycott the elections. If the promises of a free and democratic electoral competition will be maintained, they could have an actual weight in the political evolution of the Country. If instead they remain steadfast in the choice of the boycott, their position will end up being only negative."
 
According to Archbishop Lahham, politics in Jordan reflect the instability in the region as a whole,saying, "...in Syria things are getting darker. So far, as a Church, we insist in the appeal to peace, reconciliation and forgiveness, but we do not see a way out of this crisis, with the government that does not give in and the resistance that seems increasingly supported from the outside with the sending of weapons. As winter approaches, humanitarian plight of immigrants becomes unsustainable, such as those massed tens of thousands in the camp of Zataari. Among them dozens of Syrian agents have infiltrated, to create problems in Jordan. When they are discovered, they are immediately sent back to their country." 


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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