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Jordan palace chief in talks with MPs to choose PM

AMMAN: Jordan's King Abdallah yesterday tasked his chief of staff to begin consultations with newly elected MPs on a "new mechanism" to choose the next prime minister as part of a democratization drive.
"The king has entrusted royal court chief Fayez Tarawneh to begin consultations with the lower house of Parliament as a new mechanism to choose the prime minster and launch the experiment of parliamentary governments," a palace statement said.
"Tarawneh will meet with parliamentary blocs and independents before conveying their viewpoints to the king in a transparent, neutral and accurate manner."
So far, six blocs grouping 131 MPs have been formed in the 150-seat lower house, dominated by tribal leaders, pro-regime loyalists and independent businessmen.

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