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Jordan PM Resigns - 2002-01-14

Jordan's Prime Minister, Ali Abu Ragheb has announced his resignation and is expected to from a new cabinet.

In a surprise move, Prime Minister Abu Ragheb tendered his resignation to Jordan's King Abdullah on Monday. He is expected to form a new cabinet, Jordanian officials said.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the reorganization, the third since King Abdullah first appointed Mr. Abu Ragheb as prime minister in June 2000.

Jordanian officials said the move was to give Mr. Abu Ragheb a new mandate before parliamentary elections, expected next September.

The Jordanian Prime Minister formed his first government with a mandate to rejuvenate the economy and attract foreign investments.

The prime minister's resignation comes a day before King Abdullah is scheduled to leave on a state visit to China.