AMMAN, March 9 (Xinhua) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan on Saturday accepted the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and re-tasked him to form a new government following consultations with the lower house, the state- run Petra news agency reported.
The King said he tasked Ensour to form a new government following consultations with the lower house about whom they recommend as the next prime minister.
Early February, King Abdullah announced the start of a new approach in Jordan for forming government and announced that the Royal Court started consultations with the lawmakers to select the prime minister.
In a letter sent to Ensour on Saturday, the Jordanian leader tasked the premier-designate to draw a government programme for the next four years and to start consultations to select the members of his cabinet.
In the letter, the Jordanian leader also asked Ensour to go ahead with reforms and engage in discussions to address current challenges, as well as take actions to combat poverty and employment and enhance transparency in the country and improve living standards of citizens.
Last year, the government of Ensour ended fuel subsidies, a matter that fuelled nationwide protests.