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New prime minister named in Jordan

King Hussein of Jordan appointed Interior Minister Ahmed Obeidat, a former intelligence chief, as prime minister Tuesday, replacing Modar Badran, who resigned, official sources said. Mr. Obeidat, who was intelligence chief eight years, had been interior minister since 1982.

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Mr. Badran, who became prime minister in 1980 and again in '81, resigned a day after Jordan's parliament met for the first time in a decade and passed a constitutional amendment allowing elections to be held.