Jordan's king re-appoints prime minister to new term

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) " Jordan's King Abdullah II has re-appointed his prime minister in what is largely a formality following Sept. 20 parliamentary elections.

In a letter of designation from the king, Hani al-Mulki was asked to form a new government. Earlier Sunday, al-Mulki had tendered his resignation with the expiration his 28-member Cabinet's mandate. The king asked the resigning ministers to stay on until a new government is formed.

Al-Mulki and his Cabinet were sworn in as a caretaker government on May 31 to oversee the parliamentary elections. He replaced the government of Abdullah Ensour, who served for four years.

In his letter, the king instructed al-Mulki to continue working on political reforms and to support the Independent Elections Commission in conducting votes for both the municipal and governorate councils next year.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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