Jordan King Forms New Government

Jordan’s King Abdullah has formed a new government headed by Hani Mulki as prime minister for a second term.

Mulki was first appointed last May to oversee the parliamentary elections.

He was reappointed now and tasked with reviving a sluggish economy and business sentiment hit by regional turmoil by overseeing a new International Monetary Fund-guided programme that started this year.

In Jordan’s constitutional monarchy most powers rest with the king, who appoints governments, approves legislation and can dissolve parliament.

The key finance, foreign and finance ministerial posts would remain unchanged.