King of Jordan Abdullah II names his policy adviser country's new PM

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Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday designated his chief policy adviser to form a new government amid criticism of the previous government's handling of the virus pandemic.

In a statement published by the Royal Court, the king said he appointed Bishr al-Khasawneh the country's new prime minister and instructed him to form a government that meets the aspirations of the Jordanian people.

Al-Khasawneh will oversee parliamentary elections Nov 10.

Abdullah on Saturday accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Omar al Razzaz.

The king had dissolved Parliament a week earlier at the end of its four-year term.

Under the constitution, that left al Razzaz' government a week to resign. Jordan has nearly 20,5200 confirmed virus cases, including over 130 fatalities, and the previous government was criticized for its handling of the pandemic.

King Abdullah urged Al-Khaswaneh to enhance coordination with other Arab countries and expand economic ties with them, as well as facilitate foreign and Arab investments.

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