Mr. Tarawneh will form his Cabinet early next week, the official said.
Mr. Tarawneh, 62, is an ex-ambassador to the U.S. who headed the Jordanian team that negotiated a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. He was prime minister in a Cabinet that oversaw the transition of power to Abdullah from his late father, King Hussein, in 1999.
Mr. Tarawneh is a liberal who was known to support popular calls for reforms while serving as a member of the royally-appointed Senate.
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