King Ab­dul­lah swears in new cab­i­net, Hani new PM

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

AM­MAN— Jor­da­nian King Ab­dul­lah swore in a new govern­ment led by a busi­ness- friendly politi­cian on Wed­nes­day and charged him with pre­par­ing for par­lia­men­tary elec­tions by Septem­ber and push­ing leg­is­la­tion to spur slug­gish growth.

Hani Mulki, 64, who has held a string of se­nior diplomatic and min­is­te­rial posts, is a for­mer chief com­mis­sioner of Jor­dan’s eco­nomic zone in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba.

He was ap­pointed by the king on Sun­day to re­place Ab­dul­lah En­sour shortly af­ter the monarch dis­solved par­lia­ment as it neared the end of its four- year term. Elec­tions must be held within four months un­der the con­sti­tu­tion.

Of­fi­cial sources said the govern­ment is ex­pected to main­tain tra­di­tional sup­port for US poli­cies in the re­gion and con­tinue with IMF- guided re­forms.

They say the monarch chose Mulki to help spur in­vest­ment, es- pe­cially from main Gulf oil pro­ducer Saudi Ara­bia, which has shown in­ter­est in in­vest­ing in the debt- laden king­dom. Jor­dan’s fi­nances have been hit by a drop in Gulf aid which tra­di­tion­ally tops up its cof­fers and wors­ened in­vestor con­fi­dence hit by re­gional un­cer­tainty. The econ­omy has also been strained by a flood of refugees from the five- year- old civil war in neigh­bor­ing Syria.— Agen­cies

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