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King of Jordan Dismisses Cabinet

February 1, 2011 By: Jena Tesse Fox

The New York Times is reporting that Jordan's King Abdullah II, pictured here in a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, fired his government Tuesday in the wake of street protests and asked an ex-prime minister to form a new Cabinet, ordering him to launch immediate political reforms.

The dismissal follows several large protests across Jordan— inspired by similar demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt — calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai, who is blamed for a rise in fuel and food prices and slowed political reforms.

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Jena Tesse Fox
Jena Tesse Fox covers Europe, Africa, Australia/South Pacific and business travel for the Questex Travel Group's publications. The daughter of history teachers, she can spend...

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By Jena Tesse Fox | February 1, 2011
Jordan's King Abdullah II fired his government Tuesday in the wake of street protests inspired by those in Tunisia and Egypt.
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