Jordan parliament approves new prime minster and cabinet

December 16, 2007 21:30


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Jordan's new Prime Minister Nader al-Dahabi and his 28 ministers on Sunday received 97 votes of support from the 110-member parliament during a vote of confidence session. Eleven lawmakers voted against the cabinet, while one legislator abstained and another was absent. Al-Dahabi and his team of technocrats - including a record four women ministers - easily won parliament's approval as the body is dominated by loyalists to the king. Dissenters included six Islamic Action Front deputies. The IAF, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood Movement and once the country's largest opposition, suffered a blow in the Nov. 20 parliamentary elections, losing nearly two-thirds of its legislative presence.

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