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By Owen Weldon     Feb 1, 2011 in Politics
The king of Jordan dismissed Samir Rifai as prime minister. Rifai's dismissal comes in the wake of protests that have been taking place across the country.
The king of Jordan, King Abdullah II, surprised when he fired his government on Tuesday. The firings come in light of demands of public accountability that is sweeping the Arab world and bringing hundreds of thousands of protesters to the streets of Egypt.
Petra, the Jordanian news agency, said that the king of Jordan had to dismiss Prime Minister Samir Rifai because of protests that are taking place in Jordan. Marouf al-Bakhit is a former general and ambassador to Turkey and Israel, and he replaced Samir Rifai as prime minister.
The new prime minister has been asked to launch a real political reform process, and he was asked to do it in practical, swift and tangible steps.
The new appointment was quickly attacked by the opposition Islamic Action Front, and they blamed Bakhit for presiding over corruption and electoral fraud.
Many citizens of Jordan say that successive governments are responsible for a prolonged recession and for the rise in public debt. The public debt hit a record high this year, and has reached $15 billion this year.
Bakhit should be forming his government in the next few days.
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