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by Randa Habib Randa Habib â" Wed Feb 9, 1:00 pm ET
AMMAN (AFP) â" Popular discontent took a new turn with unprecedented public criticism of King Abdullah II's wife, Queen Rania, who stands accused of "corruption" by large tribes, the bedrock of Jordan's regime.
"We call on the king to return to the treasury land and farms given to the Yassin family (of the queen). The land belongs to the Jordanian people," 36 tribal leaders said this week in a joint statement.
By so doing, they have broken a taboo in the desert kingdom, where criticism of the royal family is punishable by a three-year imprisonment.
The palace has not been available for comment on the accusation.
"The events in Tunisia and Egypt have given courage to Jordanians to publicly say what they have been whispering about for a while," a political analyst told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"Arab peoples used to fear their authoritarian regimes. Things have changed and now Arab leaders fear their peoples."
A member of a large tribe said Jordanian authorities had "pressured some tribes for several days and told them to be careful in what they say to the international press."
Nota Ras Raka:-
tribe leader kat Jordan sudah marah-marah dan mau audit itu puteri rania pasal raja jordan sudah bagi banyak tanah pada keluarga puteri rania.
haa..semua sudah nampak tidak betul di mata rakyat arab. so, first lady diseluruh negara Islam, berjaga-jaga. anda dibawah mikroskop kebangkitan rakyat..wakakakaka
Jordan tribes break taboo by targeting queen - Yahoo! News