Another PM Bites Jordan's Dust: Khasawneh's Resignation, Accepted by King
Jordan's PM resigns
Jordan's Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh submitted his resignation on Thursday to King Abdullah II, only six months after he formed a government to bring in much-needed reforms, a senior official said. He submitted it in an official communique while away from the Kingdom, in Turkey.
"His Majesty, the king, accepted Khasawneh's resignation on Thursday morning," he told the media without elaborating.
This leaves Jordan with its third PM resignation in the last couple of years. The country saw the backs of previous PMs Samir Rifai and Marouf al-Bakhit in the span of just two unstable years that include the Arab Spring as it were.
Khasawneh, 62, a high-ranking judge, formed his cabinet in October and won a comfortable vote of confidence for his government from parliament in December after pledging to push ahead with reforms.
Jordanians have been demonstrating, on and off, since January last year 2011. In weekly Friday protests, they have demanded serious political and economic reforms as well as an end to corruption. While considered one of the calmer spots out of the eye of the region's storm, Jordan hasn't been all quiet on the external front either.