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Topic - Marouf Al-Bakhit
Hundreds of Jordanians set up a protest camp in a main square in the capital on Thursday to press demands for the ouster of the prime minister and for wider public freedoms.
Jordan's powerful Muslim opposition has rejected an offer from the country's newly appointed prime minister to join his Cabinet, the group's leader said Thursday.
Jordan's King Abdullah II, bowing to public pressure, fired his government on Tuesday and tasked a new prime minister with quickly boosting economic opportunities and giving Jordanians a greater say in politics.
The king of Jordan fired his government in a surprise move on Tuesday amid nationwide protests calling for political reforms, as similar demonstrations were sweeping through the Arab world.
Abdullah ordered Mr. al-Bakhit to move quickly to give Jordanians a greater say in politics and tackle worsening economic conditions, such as swelling poverty and unemployment running at 12 percent.
"We will have a plan to present to parliament and will carry out democratic changes," Mr. al-Bakhit said. "We will try to improve economic conditions so that our citizens can feel results soon."