Jordan's Prime Minister Awn al-Khaswaneh submitted his
resignation today after less than a year in office. His surprising move reportedly
came in protest over the refusal of the Royal Court to allow
meaningful political reforms. The last straw, it appears, was the
disappointing new election law which failed to respond to long-standing
complaints by political activists, parties, and outside analysts. Less than a
week ago, I told the Jordanian newspaper al-Ghad
that I was deeply worried about the kingdom's stability because of its failure
to enact any serious political or economic reform or to engage seriously with a
growing wave of protest and unrest. The sudden resignation of the respected
jurist should draw renewed attention to Jordan's political stability -- and
raise important questions about its willingness and ability to reform.
The Middle East Channel has been keeping a close eye on Jordan's ongoing political problems:
"The Implications of Jordan's New Election Law" -- Curtis Ryan, April 13, 2012
"Identity and Corruption in Jordanian Politics" -- Curtis Ryan, February 9, 2012
"Just What Does Jordan's King Abdullah Understand" -- Laurie Brand and Fayyaz Hammad, January 17, 2012
"Jordan's Fictional Reforms" -- Sean Yom, November 9, 2011
"Fragile Hopes for Jordan's New Prime Minister" -- Christine Satkowski, October 24, 2011
We will have more soon on the unfolding developments in Jordan.
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