New Jordanian Premier Named
Jordan's King Abdullah II named leading parliamentarian Ali Abu Ragheb Sunday to replace Abdul Rau'f Rawabdeh as prime minister following the latter's resignation, a senior Jordanian official told AFP.
"Mr. Abu Ragheb will submit to the king on Monday the make-up of the new government, which will comprise between 27 and 29 ministers," one of those expected to feature on the list told AFP.
Sources said the ministers of foreign affairs, finance, tourism, trade and industry in the outgoing government would keep their seats in the new administration, which would have three deputy prime ministers.
A member of the outgoing government said earlier, "Mr. Rawabdeh presented his resignation to King Abdullah II, who accepted it."
Rawabdeh was the first prime minister appointed by King Abdullah following his ascent to the throne in February 1999.
Since it formed last year, Rawabdeh's government has been the target of numerous criticisms and has seen the resignation of three cabinet members, the latest being deputy prime minister and planning minister Rima Khalaf, who quit in February this year -- AMMAN (AFP)
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