In light of the recent events in Tunis and Egypt (or at least it is speculated that it is in light of such), King Abdullah II for Jordan has removed his Prime Minister Samir Rifai and replaced him with his former military advisor Major General Dr. Marouf Suleiman al-Bakhit, who served as Prime Minister of Jordan before from 2005-2007.

He also was ambassador to Israel.

He has a bachelor’s degree in general management, master’s in management and PhD in war studies.

Whether this is a good move or not will be shown in time, but I don’t think it is strictly speaking a bad pre-emptive move and al-Bakhit comes across as a stable guy (from the mere info obtainable from wikipedia at least).

Let’s hope this was the right foresight and the trouble won’t reach Jordan as well. The country is a stabilizing element in the region and we need more of those, not less.