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    Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday fired the country's government and appointed a new prime minister following street protests calling for political reform.

    Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday fired the country's government and appointed a new prime minister following street protests calling for political reform.

    The Royal Palace said the king asked Marouf Bakhit, a former prime minister and an ex-army general, to form a new cabinet after the resignation of the previous incumbent, Samir Rifai.

    Thousands took to the streets of the Jordanian capital, Amman, and six other cities last week.

    The demonstrations were inspired by the protests in Egypt that led to changes in the cabinet and Tunisia that ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

    MOSCOW, February 1 (RIA Novosti)

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