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Jordan's King Names Judge As New Prime Minister

Jordan's King Abdullah II has named a prominent international judge as his prime minister.

A royal palace statement said International Court of Justice Judge Awn al-Khasawneh, 61, succeeded Maruf al-Bakhit, 64, who resigned earlier in the day after a majority of 70 out of 120 deputies called for his departure.

Al-Bakhit was widely perceived as dragging his feet on political reform. He was also accused of corruption during his earlier tenure (2005-07) as prime minister.

There have been small weekly demonstrations in Amman for months by protesters demanding economic and political reforms. The king has expressed support, but little has been done.

compiled from agency reports