Jordan's Islamists say new PM must step down

ByASSOCIATED PRESS
February 2, 2011 19:55

Jordan's powerful Muslim opposition on Wednesday urged the country's newly appointed prime minister to step down, calling him the wrong person to introduce democratic reforms and tackle surging poverty and unemployment.

King Abdullah II named Marouf al-Bakhit on Tuesday as his prime minister-designate, bowing to public pressure from protests inspired by those in Egypt against President Hosni Mubarak.

Hamza Mansour, a leader of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, rejected al-Bakhit's nomination, saying he "is not the right person for the job."

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