Jordan's new PM forms government

2016-06-01 18:34
(Yousef Allan, AFP)

(Yousef Allan, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Amman - Jordan's new Prime Minister Hani Mulki formed his government on Wednesday to prepare for legislative elections following the dissolution of parliament, the royal palace announced.

The 65-year-old, who has held several ministerial posts, is expected to push for business-friendly policies to revive Jordan's lagging economy.

He was appointed by King Abdullah II following the resignation of his predecessor Abdullah Nsur in line with the constitution after the end of parliament's four-year term on Sunday.

Mulki will also hold the defence portfolio.

The king swore in the new cabinet of 28 ministers, among them 17 newcomers, including four women.

Several key posts were unchanged, including Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Interior Minister Salamah Hammad and Finance Minister Omar Malhas, a former investment banker.

Peace treaty

Salama Hammad was named interior minister, a post he held in a previous administration, while Mohammed Momani remains information minister and government spokesman.

Among the four women brought into the government was Lina Annab who replaced Nayef al-Fayez as tourism minister.

Trained in engineering, Mulki has served as advisor to King Abdullah and ambassador to Cairo, as well as minister for water, energy, foreign affairs and industry.

He was also deeply involved in negotiations with Israel that led to a peace treaty between the two countries in 1994.

The last parliamentary elections in Jordan, held in 2013, were boycotted by the Muslim Brotherhood, the main opposition party, which demands greater transparency and electoral reforms.

New elections are scheduled for this year but a date has yet to be set.

Read more on:    jordan

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.