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Abdullah Grants Rebels’ Demands

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Reduction of taxation and the convoking of a Parliament, two of principal demands put forward by the rebels, have been acceded to by Emir Abdullah, head of the Transjordania Government, following the restoration of order after the insurrection of last week culminating in considerable loss of life.

The tribesmen’s demands included the establishment of a system of popular representation, the expulsion of all foreigners, transfer of all important posts to natives, reduction of the officials’ pay, discontinuance of subsidies to loyal sheiks, cancellation of the debt standing against the cultivators for nonpayment since 1918 of the tithe.

The tribesmen’s leaders regarded the Parliament and tax-reduction as paramount and Abdullah’s yielding these two points is looked upon as a capitulation. The Emir scored, however, in having the rebels chief either deported or flee the country as the head of the Belka tribe has done.

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