Jordan’s Prime Minister Resigns

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Jordanian government officials say the prime minister has resigned.

Officials said Monday that King Abdullah plans to ask Awn al-Khasawneh, a judge in the International Court of Justice, to succeed Marouf al-Bakhit as prime minister and form a new Cabinet.

The change comes a day after a majority of parliament members called on the king to dismiss Mr. Bakhit.

Many Jordanians viewed the prime minister as unable to swiftly usher in domestic reforms.

King Abdullah dismissed his former government and appointed Mr. Bakhit as prime minister in February during protests for political change.

The king urged the new government then to take “practical and swift” steps to enact reforms.

Thousands of Jordanians had gone into the streets demanding the resignation of a government they blamed for rising food and fuel prices as well as the slow pace of political reforms.

Protests in Jordan continued, and in June, King Abdullah announced some concessions in an apparent bid to meet the demands of demonstrators.

He said he would pursue reforms that would allow the formation of future governments based on an elected parliamentary majority.