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Jordan’s interior minister resigns, state media report

May 17, 2015

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s interior minister resigned over an alleged failure of security agencies to coordinate, state media reported Sunday, but did not elaborate.

The resignation of the minister, Hussein Majali, was accepted by King Abdullah II, according to the state news agency Petra.

The government also sent the head of the public security department and the gendarmerie into retirement, according to official Jordan TV, as quoted by the Jordan Times newspaper.

The high-level shakeup comes at a time when Jordan’s security agencies are engaged in a domestic clampdown on suspected sympathizers with the Islamic State extremist group which controls large areas of Syria and Iraq. Jordan is also a member of the U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State group.

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