Jordan king names new prime minister

01.02.2011 - Jordania - Radio Netherlands

*”Bakhit’s mission is to take practical, quick and tangible steps to launch true political reforms, enhance Jordan’s democratic drive and ensure safe and decent living for all Jordanians.”*

Jordan’s powerful Islamist opposition said on Monday that it had started a dialogue with the state, saying that unlike the situation in Egypt, it did not seek regime change.

Opposition demands included *”the resignation of the government, the amendment of the electoral law and the formation of a national salvation government headed by an elected prime minister,”* a member of the Islamic Action Front’s executive council, Zaki Bani Rsheid, told AFP.

Rifai formed a first government in December 2009, and reshuffled it in November 2010. Bakhit, who was born in 1947, served as prime minister from 2005 to 2007.

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