Jordan king swears in new Cabinet

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 24, 2010 17:19

 
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AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan's king swore in a new Cabinet Wednesday dominated by technocrats to press ahead with stagnated reforms.

The move is traditional to pump in new blood ahead of the newly elected parliament's opening Sunday. Parliament is devoid of the Islamist opposition, which boycotted the November 9 elections.

The new Cabinet is dominated by King Abdullah II's tribal loyalists, ensuring that the king will encounter little opposition to his central foreign policy goals: continuing his strong alliance with the United States and limiting criticism of Israel for its stalled negotiations with the Palestinians.

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