Official: New Jordanian PM to be Appointed Sunday

Published June 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Jordan’s King Abdullah II will appoint member of parliament Ali Abu Ragheb as Jordan's prime minister Sunday, replacing Abdul Ra’uf Rawabdeh, a government source said. 

Abu Ragheb, a former minister, is head of the House of Representatives' Economic and Financial Committee and his main task as prime minister will be to implement economic reforms, the source said Saturday. 

The 53-year-old future prime minister, who is holding talks on forming his government, "will keep the ministers of foreign affairs, finance and tourism from the outgoing cabinet," the source said. 

The new cabinet will include at least one woman, and there will be a mixture of old and new faces, he added. 

Rawabdeh was the first prime minister appointed by King Abdullah a month after he came to the throne in February 1999. 

Since its formation, Rawabdeh's government has seen the resignation of three members. The latest was Rima Khalef, who quit as vice prime minister and planning minister in February -- AMMAN (AFP)  


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