Jordan dismisses government after protests

Jordan's powerful Islamists said they have started a dialogue with the state.

Jordan dismisses government after protests

Jordan's King Abdullah on Tuesday asked his former ex-military adviser Marouf Bakhit to form a new cabinet, an official said.

Jordan's powerful Islamists said on Monday they have started a dialogue with the state, saying that unlike the situation in Egypt, the opposition in the kingdom does not seek regime change.

The opposition Muslim Brotherhood has called for constitutional amendments to curb the king's power in naming government heads, arguing that the premiership should go to the leader of the majority in parliament.

The constitution, adopted in 1952, gives the king the exclusive prerogative to appoint and dismiss prime ministers.

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.

Demonstrations have been held in Jordan after weekly Friday prayers for the past three weeks to demand political and economic reforms.

Protesters have taken to the streets in Cairo and other Egyptian cities since Tuesday, calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down after 30 years in power.

The protests in Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, were inspired by the uprising that ousted Tunisia's longtime strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 14.

Agencies

Last Mod: 01 Şubat 2011, 14:45
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