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King Abdullah II replaces PM

media Jordan's Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit in 2007 Reuters/Karim Kadim

Jordanian King Abdullah II sacked his government on Tuesday after weeks of protests, but his replacement for prime minister drew criticism from the Islamist party. The king replaced Samir Rifai with Maruf Bakhit, calling on Bakhit to carry out true reforms.

"Bakhit's mission is to take practical, quick and tangible steps to launch true political reforms, enhance Jordan's democratic drive and ensure safe and decent living for all Jordanians," according to a statement from the king.

Bakhit, who was prime minister between 2005 and 2007, "carried out the worst parliamentary election in Jordan in 2007," said Zaki Bani Rsheid, a leader of the Islamic Action Front (IAF). The IAF still maintain that the elections were rigged.

"He is not the right person to run things at this current state and get Jordan out of crisis," said Bani Rsheid.

While the protests in Jordan have been inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian demonstrations, the opposition is not calling for regime change.

Their demands include "the resignation of the government, the amendment of the electoral law and the formation of a national salvation government headed by an elected prime minister," said Bani Rsheid.

The opposition also wants constitutional amendments to curb the king's power in naming heads of government. They believe the prime minister should be the leader of the majority on parliament.

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