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AMMAN - More than 100 Jordanian Muslim clerics demanded the government shut down all nightclubs in the country and
109 clerics demand authorities combat prostitution, and introduce laws that fight all anti-Islamic, unethical acts.
combat prostitution, in a statement issued on Wednesday.
"We demand the government close all nightclubs, which work under the pretext of promoting tourism," 109 clerics, among them a former cabinet minister, MPs, Islamist leaders, university professors and mosque preachers, said in the joint statement.
"We also demand the authorities combat prostitution and brothels, and introduce laws that fight all anti-Islamic and unethical acts which destroy our society," the statement said.
A group of MPs has separately asked the government to close nightclubs in two western Amman streets named after the holy cities of Mecca and Medina because "it is insulting to Islam and Muslims."
There are around 60 nightclubs in Jordan, according to the ministry of tourism.