The King of Jordan Abdullah II has accepted the official resignation of Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz. He has however requested that he stay on in a caretaker capacity until he appoints a successor to oversee parliamentary elections in November, according to local media.
Parliament was dissolved last Sunday by the monarch at the end of its four-year term, in a move that under constitutional rules meant the government had to resign within a week.
“As I accept your resignation, I instruct you and the government to continue working until a prime minister is chosen and the new government is formed,” the king was quoted as saying by the al-Ghad news outlet in a statement, stressing “the need to work with vigour, determination and perseverance during this period because of the coronavirus pandemic”.
“Dealing with the virus means taking continuous action and making decisions [regarding it] without delay.”
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the country has until now registered 14,479 coronavirus cases and 88 related deaths.
In recent weeks, the government has been widely castigated for failing to contain a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections.
Source; Aljazeera and News Agencies