Jordan's newly appointed prime minister denied that the recent triple hotel bombing attacks in Amman were the reason for a major reshuffling of the kingdom's government. However, according to remarks published Saturday by a local newspaper, Dr. Marouf al-Bakhit vowed that fighting terrorism and implementing reforms would top his agenda, adding the kingdom "must replace the culture of extremism with that of tolerance."
"The reform process is not related to the bombings but unfortunately it coincided with them," al-Bakhit said in comments published by ad-Dustour daily. "We have to deal with the current challenges reasonably and realistically."
On Friday, the new PM stressed that the government will fight all forms of corruption as well as poverty and unemployment, noting that the national agenda is a reform program that was prepared by a number of experts. "We believe in democracy and we will work on promoting it to achieve aspirations of Jordanians in building a secure and stable community, that guarantees equal opportunities and participation of citizens in decision- making '' Bakhit said.