Amman: Jordan's interior minister, bowing to public pressure to revoke restrictions on public gatherings, says protests will no longer need government permission.

Saed Hayel Srour says he has recommended the change to the Cabinet, which is expected to endorse it quickly.

In street protests in the past five weeks, Jordanians demanded that the government lift restrictions on free speech and assembly.

Jordan's King Abdullah II responded by promising wider freedoms and changes to pertinent laws.

Srour said Tuesday that protesters would still have to inform authorities of any gathering two days in advance to ensure public safety. However, he said the government would no longer interfere in such matters.