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Jordan: Jordanians Say “Thank You!” to Monarchy

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Citizen Media, Politics, Protest

Jordanian Twitter users have been using the hashtag #شكرا [1], or “thank you”, to tweet sarcastically about what the Jordanian monarchy has done for the country.

The tweets are a reaction to the slowness of the ongoing reform process in Jordan.

While King Abdullah has acknowledged the need for reform in Jordan, he has been criticised [2] for not establishing a timetable for the introduction of governments based on a parliamentary majority. He recently appointed a new government [3], but it is seen as too conservative and MPs have complained of “elusiveness” in introducing real reforms.


Jordan's King Abdullah II arrives to attend the swearing in ceremony of the new 30-member Cabinet, at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Nader Daoud, copyright © Demotix (2/5/2012).

Mahmoud Homsi started the hashtag by tweeting:

@Mahmoudhomsi: [5] #شكرا‬‏ على الاستقلال الاقتصادي
Thank you for economic independence

Monther Hassouneh added:

@mhassouneh: [6]#شكرا‬‏ على محاربة الفقر
Thank you for fighting poverty

Nabil Barqawi wrote:

@Bani_2adam: [7]#شكرا‬‏ على بيع كل ما يمكن بيعه
Thank you for selling whatever can be sold

Hadeel Maaitah tweeted:

@girl_brainy: [8]‫#شكرا‬‏ على إختصار وجودنا بلقمة العيش
Thank you for reducing our existence to [chasing after] bread to eat

Saif Abuhazeem said:

@Saif_Abuhazeem: [9]#شكرا‬‏ لالي حكا ماضون بالاصلاح وبعدنا ما شفنا اشي
Thank you to those who said, “We're going ahead with reforms”, while we still haven't seen anything

Mohammad Ziad wrote:

@mohaziad: [10]#شكرا‬‏ لجهاز الدرك العام على جهوده في قمع المطالبين بالإصلاح
Thank you for the existence of the police who suppress those who ask for reform

Anas Elayyan said:

@AnasElayyan [11] ‫#شكرا‬‏ لمجلس النواب انهم بدهم رواتب مدى الحياة و الناس ما معها تآكل
Thank you for the parliament whose members want salaries for life while people don't have food to eat