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Jordan's King Abdullah reshuffles top brass amid fears of instability

Local discontent has grown over the increasing cost of living. [Getty]

Date of publication: 3 May, 2019

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King Abdullah II of Jordan has reshuffled several high profile officials amid fears of instability in the kingdom.
King Abdullah II of Jordan has reshuffled his top brass amid fears of instability in the kingdom.

The most prominent change reported this week by state news agency Petra is the replacement of the general intelligence chief, who has been pensioned off, in addition to other senior officials at the Royal Court.

In a letter to the new director, Ahmed Hossni, King Abdullah cited "many unprecedented challenges" imposed by regional and international dynamics.

Jordan is an oasis of stability in a turbulent Middle East and it has housed millions of refugees fleeing wars in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

However, local discontent has grown over the increasing cost of living and government mismanagement. Protesters last year forced the king to fire the government.

Arab media reports expect renewed demonstrations.

The king's move came after the government took a string of measures this week to ease the cost of Ramadan on Jordanians during the holy month, which starts early next week.

Fuel and electricity prices will be frozen, with payments of fees and fines suspended until the end of Ramadan.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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