Jordan king names security chief as next PM
Jordan's King Abdullah has asked the recently-appointed national security chief Dr. Marouf Bakheet on Thursday to form a new cabinet after the government resigned, a government source told Reuters.
Press reports said the king officially "accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Adnan Badran," who was appointed seven moths ago, and asked Bakheet to take over the post and form a new team.
Bakheet is the former ambassdor to Israel. He boasts a long career in military intelligence, indicating the importance of the security system in the next cabinet, which will have to address security concerns following the suicide bombings at three luxury hotels earlier this month.
In the letter of designation that the King directed to Bakheet, he said "reform is not a choice but a vital demand for the new Jordan that we want and which we advanced in great strides in the march of presenting and embodying it."
According to Petra, the Abdullah affirmed that the government is demanded to dedicate reform as a concept and meaning in its daily agenda, considering democracy a road that can not be left off. He also called on the government to speed up preparing modern laws.