King sacks Jordanian government

0

King Abdullah of Jordan has sacked his government in the wake of street protests (AP)

The king of Jordan has sacked his government in the wake of street protests.

He has asked an ex-army general to form a new cabinet, said the country’s Royal Palace.

King Abdullah’s move came after thousands of Jordanians took to the streets – inspired by regime change in Tunisia and turmoil in Egypt – and called for the resignation of prime minister Samir Rifai, who is blamed for a rise in fuel and food prices and the slowing down of political reforms.

The Royal Palace said Mr Rifai’s cabinet resigned on Tuesday.

King Abdullah also nominated Marouf al-Bakhit as his prime minister-designate.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.