Jordan's king fires Cabinet amid protests

FILE - This July 13, 2010 file photo shows Marouf al-Bakhit as he delivers a speech in Amman, Jordan. Jordan's King Abdullah sacked his government Tuesday Feb. 1, 2011 in the wake of street protests and nominated ex-army general Marouf al-Bakhit as his prime minister-designate. King Abdullah's move comes after thousands of Jordanians took to the streets _ inspired by the regime ouster in Tunisia and the turmoil in Egypt _ and called for the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai who is blamed for a rise in fuel and food prices and slowed political reforms. (AP Photo/Nader Daoud,FILE)

February 1, 2011 12:20:19 PM PST
Jordan's King Abdullah II fired his government Tuesday in the wake of street protests and asked an ex-prime minister to form a new Cabinet, ordering him to launch immediate political reforms.