Jordan PM tenders resignation: Official

Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit had been widely perceived as dragging his heels on a political reform package.

Amman: A senior Jordanian government official says the country`s prime minister has tendered his resignation, the day after a majority of parliamentarians called for his ouster.

Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit had been widely perceived as dragging his heels on a political reform package.

The Monday announcement came one day after 70 out of 120 parliamentarians called on Jordan`s King Abdullah II to sack him.

The government official said Awn al-Khasawneh, the deputy chief of the International Court of Justice, was the strongest candidate to replace al-Bakhit. The official insisted on anonymity because he is not allowed to make statements on changes in the government before the king endorses them.

Bureau Report

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