Jordan’s last PM appointed by king resigns

Jordan’s last PM appointed by king resigns

AMMAN, Jordan: Jordan’s last prime minister appointed by the king has resigned, making way for a successor who will be elected by the country’s new parliament.

The palace says King Abdallah yesterday asked outgoing Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour to stay on as caretaker until the 150-member legislature elected last Wednesday picks the next premier.The king is also expected to gradually surrender more powers to the parliament, giving it a freer hand in legislation and in monitoring the Cabinet. The process is part of reforms Abdullah initiated two years ago under pressure from street protests demanding less royal authority and more power to lawmakers.Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood — the country’s largest opposition group — boycotted the polls to protest an election law it says favors the king’s supporters. – ArabNews