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Government sacked in Jordanian reshuffle

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Jordan has a new prime minister after King Abdullah sacked his government to calm growing anger in the country.

Former PM Marouf Bakhit has now been asked to form a new cabinet in an attempt to prevent events in Egypt spreading to Jordan.

King Abdullah has been under pressure to take action as a prolonged recession and rising public debt has taken its toll on Jordanian citizens.

Wage rises for civil servants and the military were announced two weeks ago but thousands took to the streets of Amman last Friday protesting against poor living conditions and increased food prices.

The new prime minister is seen by observers as a safe pair of hands but, despite talk, did little to reform when he was last in office.

However, in the current climate promises might not be enough.

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