Amid growing public anger: New government announced in Jordan

Published February 1st, 2011 - 01:02 GMT
King of Jordan
King of Jordan

Jordan's King Abdullah has fired his government and appointed a new prime minister, the media reported. The reports conveyed the Jordanian government resigned amid protests in the kingdom.

King Abdullah II commissioned Marouf Bakhit to form the new government, replacing the government of Samir Rifai. The new cabinet primary goal was to "take practical, quick and concrete steps to implement political and economic reforms." The 64 year old politician first served as PM from November 27, 2005 until 25 November 2007. He was previously the Jordanian ambassador to Tel Aviv and the national security chief. 

Over the past weekends opposition forces held huge rallies against the government, protesting the rising prices.



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