King Hussein today (16 September ) replaced his civilian government with a temporary military Government, headed by Brigadier Mohammed Da'Oud.
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Background: King Hussein today (16 September ) replaced his civilian government with a temporary military Government, headed by Brigadier Mohammed Da'Oud.
An official announcement said that martial law ? not been declared.
The formation of the new government followed a further series of clashes on Tuesday ( 15 September ) between troops and guerrillas. The news came hard on the heels of an announcement that both Jordanian troops and guerrillas would withdraw from Amman today, leaving only police to guard all public buildings except the King's Palace.
The official announcement said the new regime was intended to secure better relations with the Palestine liberation movement, which has risen in the last three years to become an autonomous power in the state.
King Hussein said: "It has become our duty to take serious measures to restore peace and order and to safeguard the lives of every citizen."
Brigadier Da'Oud, the new Prime Minister, was head of the Jordanian side of the Jordanian-Israeli mixed armistice commission set up after the 1948-49 war with Israel.
The outgoing government was formed last June 27 by Mr. Abdul Moneim Al-Rifai nearly three weeks after a series of bloody clashes between Jordanian troops and guerrillas in Amman had left over 1,000 people dead and wounded.
Mr. Al-Rifai's government was seen by observers as a government of reconciliation. It included several ministers born on the West bank of the Jordan.
There was no immediate commando reaction to the formation of the new government.