Motion: This House believes Jordan is on the brink of serious political turmoil and unrest
For the Motion: Hassan Barrari, Professor of Political Science at the University of Jordan
Against the Motion: Salaheddin al-Bashir, Former senator and Minister of Justice, Trade and Foreign Affairs
A rare public debate in Amman provoked sustained criticism of King Abdullah's reform policies and raised expectations that Jordan faces increasing political unrest. Fifty-four percent of the audience, attending the first New Arab Debates in Jordan, voted for the motion: "This House Believes Jordan is on the brink of serious political turmoil and unrest" after a heated discussion and salvos of applause.
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