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Middle East

New prime minister launches effort to form government

media A demonstration in support of Egypt's protest movement on Tuesday Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

Jordan's new prime minister has started trying to form a government charged after King Abdallah II charged him with passing reforms in response to protests inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt.

The composition of the new cabinet is expected to be announced this weekend.

Dossier: Revolution in Egypt

The main opposition party, the Islamic Action Front, wants the powers of King Abdallah to be curbed and more power given to parliament.

On Tuesday Abdullah named 64-year-old Maruf Bakhit as prime minister after sacking the government of Samir Rifai.

Dossier: Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution

The move followed weeks of protests to demand political and economic reforms.

The king has ordered the new prime minister to take "practical, quick and tangible steps to launch true political reforms".

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