Jordan's King Abdullah accepts premier's resignation

TEHRAN, Oct. 04 (MNA) – Jordan's King Abdullah has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Omar al Razzaz.

The king, however, has asked him to stay on as a caretaker premier until he designates a successor to oversee parliamentary elections on November 10, Aljazeera reported.

The monarch dissolved parliament last Sunday at the end of its four-year term in a move that under constitutional rules meant the government had to resign within a week.

A new government will pave the way for the November vote, as the country grapples with the rapid spread of Covid-19 infections over the last month for which the last government had been widely criticized.

King Abdullah appointed Prime Minister Omar al Razzaz in the summer of 2018 to defuse the biggest protests in years over tax increases sought by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to reduce Jordan’s large public debt.

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