Jordan PM tenders resignation

AP , Monday 17 Oct 2011

A senior Jordanian government official says the country's prime minister has tendered his resignation, the day after a majority of parliamentarians called for his ouste

Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit had been widely perceived as dragging his heels on a political reform package. The Monday announcement came one day after 70 out of 120 parliamentarians called on Jordan's King Abdullah II to sack him.

The government official said Awn al-Khasawneh, the deputy chief of the International Court of Justice, was the strongest candidate to replace al-Bakhit.

The official insisted on anonymity because he is not allowed to make statements on changes in the government before the king endorses them.

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