Monday, July 4, 2011

Jordan's King Reshuffles Cabinet as Protests Grow

JERUSALEM — With antigovernment demonstrations growing across Jordan in recent weeks, King Abdullah II approved a cabinet reshuffle on Saturday that brought in a number of new officials, notably the interior minister, but the public’s anger over accusations of corruption seemed unlikely to subside. The deposed interior minister, Saad Hayel Srour, had been a focus of the protesters’ anger both because he was thought to be responsible for the use of excessive force by the police against demonstrators and because he allowed a wealthy businessman serving a prison term for corruption to leave the country, ostensibly for medical...

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