New Jordanian PM in talks to form gov't with opposition

Marouf al-Bakhit met with Muslim Brotherhood representatives; gov't plans to make "amending the electoral law a priority."

February 3, 2011 15:05
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Jordanian Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit, met with the Islamic Action Front, the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, the Jordanian government reported on Thursday.

The meeting took place on Wednesday night, and the two sides discussed including opposition members in a newly-formed government.

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A member of Bakhit's negotiating team told AFP that "amending the electoral law will be a priority in order to issue an exemplary law. The new government, which will be announced on Saturday or Sunday, could group members who are close to the Islamists or leftists. It is possible."

"The meeting was positive and open, paving the way for a new chapter in our relations with the government," an Islamic Action Front representative told AFP.

He added: "We hope that what was discussed will be implemented, but our demonstrations and activities to demand political reform will continue."

The group reportedly plans to hold a sit-in outside the prime minister's office on Friday.

Bakhit was named prime minister on Tuesday, after King Abdullah II fired his entire government.

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