Jordan cabinet resigns after elections

January 30, 2013 - 3:20:00 am

AMMAN: Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur submitted his cabinet’s resignation to King Abdullah II yesterday, following a general election which was swept by pro-regime loyalists.

“Nsur submitted the resignation of the government to his majesty,” a palace statement said.

“The king asked that the government continue to handle its responsibilities until the formation of a new government, which will take place following consultations with MPs.”

The government usually quits after a parliamentary election, in line with a constitutional custom. Nsur had formed his cabinet 

in October.

The final results published on Monday of last week’s general election showed tribal leaders, pro-regime loyalists and independent businessmen winning most of the seats after a boycott by the Muslim Brotherhood.

King Abdullah, who was yesterday on a visit to Bahrain, hailed the election and thanked Jordanians for voting, vowing to pursue democratic reforms and reach out to groups such as the Brotherhood.

“The success of our reform depends on a democratic approach that is built on the interaction and participation of all Jordanians in the process,” the monarch said in a letter addressed to the nation yesterday.