Published on Mar 31, 2013

A former US official says Jordan’s King Abdullah has not instituted any reform promised and this is making the country increasingly susceptible to uprising.

In the background of this Jordan’s King Abdullah II has sworn in a new cabinet amid fresh street protests calling again for reforms. To date promises made to reform have not been fulfilled and observers think uprising is brewing in the Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan has been the scene of protests for political and economic reform since 2011.

Press TV has interviewed Michael Maloof, former Pentagon Official, Washington about this issue.

 

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Jordan’s King Abdullah swears in new government

 

BBC News

Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, 30 March 2013 Abdullah Ensour, seen as a reformist, cut fuel subsidies late last year

King Abdullah of Jordan has sworn in the smallest government in four decades, to be led by reformist Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.

The king consulted parliament over the cabinet’s make-up for the first time, after constitutional changes introduced in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Mr Ensour has merged several portfolios as he tries to cut spending.

Jordan is facing a $3bn deficit this year, which it hopes to cut by about a third.

The country is struggling to curb the impact of soaring fuel import costs and high social spending designed to deter the kind of uprising seen in neighbouring Arab states, the BBC’s Dale Gavlak reports from Amman.

Mr Ensour, who was serving as interim prime minister before elections in January, ended fuel subsidies late last year.

The move triggered protests around the country, with some calling for the king to step down.

 

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Jordan: King Abdullah swears in reformist cabinet to push austerity measures

New finance minister supports unpopular reforms as Jordan king makes rare consultations

    • Reuters
    • Published: 12:47 March 31, 2013
    • Gulf News
Jordan's King Abdullah

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  • Jordan’s King Abdullah

Amman: Jordan’s King Abdullah swore in a reformist government on Saturday tasked with pushing through austerity measures required under a loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

The cabinet lineup was confirmed after nearly three weeks of unprecedented consultations led by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, who himself was reappointed on March 9 after the king canvassed members of parliament.

The monarch’s rare consultations follow constitutional changes devolving powers away from the palace — a response to calls for reform prompted by uprisings across the Arab world and smaller scale protests inside Jordan.

King Abdullah previously hand-picked his prime ministers without consulting parliament and the 150-member assembly did not play a role in forming governments.

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The cabinet announced on Saturday was the smallest in four decades, with 18 ministers.

The appointment of former central bank governor Umayya Toukan as finance minister signalled a desire by lawmakers to press ahead with unpopular reforms sought by the IMF in return for a $2 billion loan (Dh7.34 billion). US-educated Toukan is a strong advocate of fiscal steps to reduce years of overspending by successive governments.

 

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