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Jordan's King Swears In New Government

Jordan's King Abdullah II

Jordan's King Abdullah II

Jordan's King Abdullah II has sworn in a new government led by Awn Khasawneh, an international judge who is expected to press ahead with political reforms.

Khasawneh, 61, succeeds Maruf al-Bakhit, 64, who was dismissed October 18 after a majority of members of parliament called for his departure.

Bakhit was widely perceived as dragging his feet on a political reform package.

He was also accused of corruption during his earlier 2005-07 tenure 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