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Jordan's King shakes up government again

Jordan's King shakes up government again
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An eminent Jordanian judge Awn Khaswaneh has been named the country’s new prime minister in a major shake up of the government ordered by King Abdullah.

The 61-year-old has been a member of the International Court of Justice in the Hague since 2000; he was a former head of the Royal Court and was legal adviser in Jordan’s peace talks with Israel in 1994.

King Abdullah has also appointed Faisal al-Shobaki as new head of the intelligence agency.

Khaswaneh is the third prime minister Jordan has had this year. The old government of Marouf al-Bakhit had itself been appointed to counter a vocal popular movement for change inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world.

The outgoing administration came in for more criticism for its inept handling of domestic issues, including the organisation of council elections that were to have been held later this year.