Jordan's king appoints new PM
Amman , October 10, 2012
Jordan's King Abdullah appointed reformist politician Abdullah Ensour as Prime Minister on Wednesday to prepare for the country's first post-Arab Spring parliamentary election, due by early next year, a palace statement said.
The monarch had dissolved Jordan's tribally dominated parliament last week, half-way through its four-year term, paving the way for the election that should be held within four months under constitutional reforms enacted last year.
US- and French-educated Ensour, who replaces Fayez al-Tarawneh, another veteran politician, has a long career as a lawmaker and has held senior government posts in successive administrations.
Ensour was a strong supporter of constitutional changes that Abdullah endorsed last year devolving some of his powers to parliament, which opposition figures say had become sidelined, and restoring some executive powers which had shifted from the government to the palace and security forces.
"We have called for early elections and we are looking forward to a new parliament that will pave the way for the transformation towards parliamentary governments," the king told Ensour in his letter of designation. - Reuters