New Jordan PM unlikely to appease protesters

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Many people in Jordan have questioned the wisdom of King Abdullah in appointing Marouf Bakhit to head the country’s new government.

The appointment of the ex-army general and former ambassador to Israel follows three weeks of street protests over rising prices, inflation and unemployment.

Labib Kamhawi, an independent Jordanian analyst, said it showed the lack of intention on the part of the king, or ill-council by his advisers, “to initiate real substantial changes”.

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