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Jordan’s king appoints PM amid protests

King Abdullah of Jordan, a close U.S. ally, replaced his prime minister yesterday following protests inspired by demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt.

AMMAN – King Abdullah of Jordan, a close U.S. ally, replaced his prime minister yesterday following protests inspired by demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt. The opposition dismissed the move as insufficient. Abdullah asked Marouf Bakhit, a conservative former premier with a military background, to head the government after accepting the resignation of Samir Rifai, whose dismissal has been demanded in a series of protests across the country.

 
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