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Jordan PM blasts Islamist for trying to �create chaos�

Al Arabiya (Link) (March 26, 2011)

Jordan�s Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit on Friday blasted the Islamist opposition and said they were trying to �create chaos� and were getting orders from Egypt and Syria after a day of bloody clashes.

�We have invited the Muslim Brotherhood for talks, away from protests and demonstrations, but apparently they have agenda to create chaos in the country,� Bakhit told the state-run Jordan Television.

A man died and 130 people were injured on Friday as pro-reform protesters and government supporters clashed in Amman, prompting police to use water cannons to disperse them, medics said.

�The government has accurate information that the Muslim Brotherhood has mobilized the protesters,� Bakhit said.

�What happened today is definitely the start of chaos and it is unacceptable and I warn of the consequences,� he added.

The prime minister said the Islamists �receive orders from Egypt and Syria to carry out schemes against Jordan.�

Addressing the Islamists, he said: �I ask you, where are you taking Jordan?�

A popular revolt in Egypt has ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February, while several protesters have been killed in clashes with police in Syria this past week. �