Jordan’s PM reappointed after elections, asked to form new government
King Abdullah re-appointed Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki to form a new government following elections
Jordan’s King Abdullah II re-appointed Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki on Sunday to form a new government following elections in which the Muslim Brotherhood made its return as a parliamentary force.
“The king has accepted the resignation of Hani al-Mulki’s government and charged him with forming a new one,” the royal palace said in a statement.
Following his reappointment, Mulki was asked by the king to form a new government after a parliamentary election, a palace statement said on Sunday.
Mulki, 64, who has held a string of senior diplomatic and ministerial posts, has been given another term to continue to try to rejuvenate a sluggish economy and revive business confidence at a time of regional turmoil.
Parliament is expected to convene next month with Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood gaining a foothold after ending a decade-long boycott and returning to the fray as the mainstay of a broad civic alliance.
The alliance, which included prominent independent figures and former government officials, won fifteen seats in the 130-member parliament.
Although the alliance will not be able to block legislation or cabinet appointments, it should nevertheless bring livelier debate to what has been almost a rubber-stamp assembly whose passivity has allowed successive governments to enact draconian temporary laws restricting public freedoms.
Mulki, who was appointed last May and charged with conducting the election, was asked by King Abdullah to form a new cabinet, the royal palace said.
Under the constitution, most powers rest with the king, who appoints the government, approves legislation and can dissolve parliament.
A government source told Reuters the new government was expected to be sworn in by the end of this week.
(AFP and Reuters)