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Jordan Names Anti-Terror General, Cabinet

Jordan named a tough anti-terrorism general to replace the country’s top intelligence operative and approved a new Cabinet on Tuesday, part of a political and security overhaul since last month’s deadly hotel bombings. The new Cabinet, called for by King Abdullah II following the Nov. 9 attacks that killed 60 people in Amman, won a landslide parliamentary vote of confidence. The vote was necessary to install the Cabinet appointed by Abdullah, who wields absolute power under the constitution, including appointing prime ministers, dissolving parliament and ruling by decree. New Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit and his 23 ministers received 86 votes of support from the 110-member parliament. Twenty voted against it, one lawmaker abstained and three were absent. Full Story

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