Jordan's King Abdullah promises government reform

14 June 2011

Promises of reform made in response to six months of peaceful protests

Jordan’s King Abdullah has promised to allow elected cabinets and prime ministers in response to six months of protests.

King Abdullah said that he will give up his powers to appoint prime ministers and cabinets in a televised speech to mark his 12th year as Jordan’s monarch. However, the king gave no indication of when the reforms would come into practice.

In February, King Abdullah dismissed the cabinet and appointed a new prime minister in wake of widespread protests. Marouf Bakhit was appointed to replace Samir Rifai as prime minister in an attempt to appease protesters.

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