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Jordanian Monarch Swears in New Prime Minister


Jordan's King Abdullah has sworn in a new cabinet, headed by the country's former national security chief, with a mandate to combat Islamic militancy.

New Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit immediately pledged Sunday to tighten national security in the aftermath of triple bombings by al-Qaida-linked militants that killed 60 people in Amman earlier this month.

State-run television showed Mr. al-Bakhit saying that the suicide bombings strengthened Jordan's resolve to continue its pre-emptive war on terror. He said Jordanians are aware that militant Islam contradicts the human, civilized and moral values of true Islam.

Jordan's new prime minister also pledged to press ahead with political reforms, and to fight rampant poverty and unemployment with programs he will soon unveil.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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