Jordan's king wants easing of security on people

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Posted: Oct 18, 2011 12:42 PM
Jordan's king wants easing of security on people

Jordan's king has instructed his new intelligence chief to loosen the security grip on his citizens, responding to protesters' complaints.

At the same time, King Abdullah II insists that intelligence must work to maintain Jordan's stability.

In a letter obtained from the Royal Palace on Tuesday, Abdullah told Maj. Gen. Faisal Shobaki that security must respect personal freedoms and human rights.

Protesters have complained about intrusive security in their daily lives, like a requirement for certificates of good conduct for employment or obtaining a driver's license.

Reacting to widespread displeasure with government activities, this week Abdullah replaced his tough ex-army general prime minister, as well as his intelligence chief.