Jordan's King Dismisses Government Amid Protests

Jordan's Royal Palace says the king has sacked his government. Above, Jordanian protesters in Amman on Jan. 29. (Photo : AP)

AMMAN, Jordan, Feb 01 (KATAKAMI.COM / WSJ) — Jordan’s Royal Palace says the king has sacked his government in the wake of street protests and has asked an ex-army general to form a new cabinet.

King Abdullah’s move comes after thousands of Jordanians took to the streets—inspired by the regime ouster in Tunisia and the 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 slowed political reforms.

The Royal Palace says Mr. Rifai’s Cabinet resigned on Tuesday.

King Abdullah also nominated Marouf al-Bakhit as his prime minister-designate. No other details were immediately available.  (*)

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