Pressure: Jordan agrees to democratic reforms to try to quell protests

The monarch’s televised speech marked his 12 years as ruler and ninety years of the state’s creation.

He told how he backed a new electoral law proposed by a government-appointed panel that would allow for a cabinet to be elected by a parliamentary majority rather than being chosen by him.

‘We hope these recommendations ensure a modern electoral law that leads to a parliament that is representative of all Jordanians,’ he said.

The king also announced economic reforms, including changes to the country’s tax system.

Parliaments in Jordan are currently elected under laws that ensure a pliant pro-government assembly composed of tribal loyalists.