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AMMAN - Jordan's King Abdullah has sacked Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit, a conservative former army general and asked Awn Khaswaneh, an international jurist, to head a new government, a senior political source said on Monday.
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Abdullah asked Awn Khasawneh, 61, who has been a member of the International Court of Justice since 2000, was a former chief of the royal court and a legal adviser to Jordan's team that negotiated the peace treaty with Israel in 1994.
Bakhit's government, which came to power in February after King Abdullah
sacked an unpopular prime minister after pro-reform street protests
inspired by Arab uprisings, has been criticized for its inept handling
of domestic problems, including preparations for municipal elections
that were to be held later this year.
The move also includes a shakeup of the powerful mukhabarat intelligence
agency, whose head Mohammed al Raqqad, has been replaced by Faisal
al-Shobaki, a long time operative drawn from the ranks of the agency.