Jordan's king re-appoints prime minister to new term

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Jordan's King Abdullah II has re-appointed his prime minister in what is largely a formality following Sept. 20 parliamentary elections.

In a letter of designation from the king, Hani al-Mulki was asked to form a new government. Earlier Sunday, al-Mulki had tendered his resignation with the expiration his 28-member Cabinet's mandate. The king asked the resigning ministers to stay on until a new government is formed.

Al-Mulki and his Cabinet were sworn in as a caretaker government on May 31 to oversee the parliamentary elections. He replaced the government of Abdullah Ensour, who served for four years.

In his letter, the king instructed al-Mulki to continue working on political reforms and to support the Independent Elections Commission in conducting votes for both the municipal and governorate councils next year.