New prime minister in Jordan


Following the resignation of the government led by Fayez Tarawneh, Jordan’s King Abdullah has appointed Dr Abdullah Nsour as his successor. The king dissolved parliament last week and called for new elections and the law stipulates that the incumbent prime minister may not head the new government. Nsour has held a number of ministerial positions and was formally the deputy prime minister.

This is the last time that the king will appoint the prime minister. His reforms mean that henceforth parliament will have that responsibility. An independent electoral commission will oversee the next elections and voter registration is currently underway. However it is due to end on 15 October and so far only a third of the population have registered to vote.

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