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Jordan's PM wins confidence vote

03-04-2011 08:10 BJT

AMMAN, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Jordanian Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit won a vote of confidence from parliament on Thursday for the recently-appointed government, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

A total of 63 members of parliament (MPs) voted for the government, while 47 voted against it. Seven deputies abstained from voting, and two MPs were absent from the 120-member house of deputies elected on Nov. 9.

In 2005, Bakhit's government had won 86 votes of confidence from the 110-member lower house.

Following the vote of confidence, Bakhit told MPs that the government is determined to embark on genuine political reforms, which he said is a priority.

The prime minister stressed that the government respects the rights of expression and is committed to starting a comprehensive national dialogue.

In the field of economy, Bakhit said the government is committed to implementing economic programs and projects that address imbalances and the current situation.

Meanwhile, Jordan's Islamic Action Front and the Popular Unity Party decided to hold peaceful demonstrations on Friday in the capital Amman, saying they seek to pressure the government to take serious steps in line with a specific time frame to achieve reforms and change.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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