Jordan's Cabinet held its first meeting today under the country's new Prime Minister, Mr. Wasfi?
Jordan's Cabinet held its first meeting today under the country's new Prime Minister, Mr. Wasfi Tell. It consists largely of civilians.
Mr. Tell has been Prime Minister four times before. His first priority must be to establish a working relationship with the Palestine Commandos after last month's fighting which cost thousands of casualties.
The guerrillas were reserved in their first reaction to King Hussein's new cabinet, indicating that they would judge it by deeds rather than world. But the goods wishes for its success, expressed by Mr. Ibrahim Bakr, a leading member of the guerrilla central committee, were seen as a promising gesture.
In the past the commandos have considered Mr. Tell, a tough East Bank Jordanian, as one of the political figures most opposed to them.
The Amman newspapers "Difaa" and "Urban" commenting today (30 October) on the new Prime Minister said he had the reputation of being forthright and courageous.
Another key factor for the Government will be the extent of its success in maintaining he policy of co-ordination with the United Arab Republic, which prevailed in the late President Nasser's time.
Mr. Tell, who is 50, is regarded as a conservative and a firm upholder of law and order. He was born near Irbid, the Northern provincial capital which was the scene of heavy fighting in September and is still under guerrilla control.
SYNOPSIS: Jordan's new Cabinet held its first meeting on Thursday. The army commander, Marshal Habis Majaly, was among the first to arrive at the Cabinet building in Amman.
Other new Ministers at the meeting included the Finance Minister, Mr. Ahmad Louzy; the Minister of Communications, Mr. Mouhammed Khalaf; the Development chief, Mr. Sobhi Amin Amer; and the Interior Minister, Mr. Mazin Ajlouny. Then came Mr. Fouad Kakish (Municipal Affairs) and Mr. Ibrahim Habbashneh (Transport).
The new Prime Minister is Mr. Wasfi Tell, who has led four previous governments.
First priority of the Cabinet must be to establish working relations with the Palestine Commandos.