(ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, APRIL 27 - Jordan's King Abdullah yesterday entrusted the former Prime Minister, Fayez Tarawneh with the task of forming a new government, following the resignation as head of the government of Awn Khasawneh, the official news agency Petra has announced. Tarawneh, who is 63, studied in the United States and was initially Prime Minister for a few months between 1998 and 1999, following the coronation of Abdullah, who replaced his father Hussein as king. Khasawneh, 62, was named Prime Minister in October as part of the latest bid by the Hashemite monarchy to quell popular discontent in the country, which resulted in street protests amid spreading protests across the Arab world. The Islamist movement was particularly prominent in the protests, which did not question the role of the monarchy but were aimed at obtaining effective ways of combating corruption and political reforms that might strengthen parliamentary powers. The King currently has the power to appoint or sack the head of government independently from the elected majority. As was the case for his predecessor Maaruf Bakhit, who was Prime Minister from February to October 2011, Khasawneh was criticised by broad sections of the public for being unable to launch a set of economic reforms. Whenever the Jordanian regime finds itself under pressure from public opinion, the King puts pressure on the Prime Minister to resign, in an apparent signal of change. (ANSAmed).