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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jordan's King Chooses New PM

AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan's King Abdullah asked academic Adnan Badran on Tuesday to form a new cabinet to push forward a reform agenda after the government resigned, officials said.

They said the monarch accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Faisal al-Fayez – a former palace aide and tribal leader – and asked Badran, 69, a member of a prominent family from the town of Jerash, to take his place.

Fayez was dismissed after mounting public criticism by parliamentarians and senior officials over the government's poor performance since it took office in October 2003.

Jordan's mainstream Islamists, strident opponents of Israel and of the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq, have also called on the government to quit, saying it had failed to deliver greater political liberalization.