Jordan's king sacks government in wake of protests

King Abdullah II of Jordan named Maruf Bakhit as prime minister on Tuesday with orders to carry out "true political reforms," the palace said, after weeks of opposition protests demanding change.

Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman and other cities earlier in January to protest soaring commodity prices, unemployment and poverty, calling for the sacking of the government.

On Friday, thousands of Jordanians demonstrated peacefully in Amman and other cities after weekly prayers.

On Saturday, dozens of Islamists and trade unionists staged a noisy protest outside the Egyptian embassy in Amman in support of "the people of Egypt."

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