November 8, 2011

Jordan's New Boss Too Good to Be True?

Noe & Raad, Bloomberg

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Jordanian commentators aren't sure what to make of the new prime minister, Dr. Aoun al-Khasawinah. In a country ready for change, he sounds good -- maybe too good, some say.

Khasawinah, a respected international jurist, was appointed last month by King Abdullah II. The king sacked the corruption-tainted government of his predecessor, Dr. Marouf al-Bakhit, in an effort to get in front of revolts that so far have deposed three Arab rulers. Almost immediately, Khasawinah spoke bluntly on some of the country’s most controversial issues. This elicited praise from some media figures while others cautioned that he may be offering empty promises.

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