Jordan king appoints new PM, government quits

AMMAN | Tue Feb 1, 2011 7:43am EST

AMMAN Feb 1 (Reuters) - Close U.S ally Jordan's King Abdullah on Tuesday asked his former ex-military adviser Marouf Bakhit to form a new cabinet, an official said.

The official said the monarch officially accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai, a wealthy politician and former court adviser, and asked Bakhit to form a new government.

(Writing by Suleiman al-Khalidi)

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robert1234 wrote:

Bad mistake. Jordan’s elite have sealed their fate, and the kingdom will fall from it’s own hubris. Failure to support their own people means the government is not relative to their welfare. Better to rid themselves of it and suffer a few years of chaos than retain this failure. Supporting the U.S. and Israel over the Palestinians was a HUGE and fatal mistake.

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