February 1, 2011 / 12:46 PM / in 7 years

Jordan king appoints new PM, government quits

AMMAN, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Close U.S ally Jordan’s King Abdullah on Tuesday asked his former ex-military adviser Marouf Bakhit to form a new cabinet, an official said.

The official said the monarch officially accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai, a wealthy politician and former court adviser, and asked Bakhit to form a new government.

Writing by Suleiman al-Khalidi

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