Letter to Prime Minister Omar Razzaz accepting the resignation of his cabinet, and entrusting it to continue as caretaker government until a new prime minister is named and a new cabinet is formed

From King Abdallah II of Jordan
Omar Razzaz
RE: Resignation of Prime Minister Omar Razzaz
03 October 2020
Translated from Arabic

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful,

Your Excellency Dr Omar Razzaz,

Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you,

As the Cabinet has submitted its resignation, in accordance with constitutional requirements, I express my appreciation to you and your colleagues the ministers for your efforts in service of our dear Jordan.

My thanks to you and your ministerial team for undertaking your duties and diligently assuming your responsibilities throughout your tenure, especially during the extraordinary circumstances imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic—a period marked by integrated efforts among state institutions, through coordination and cooperation at the highest levels.

The values of selflessness and generosity were most evident in our society in this period, reflecting the patriotic national spirit of our Jordanian people, of whom we are infinitely proud. Jordanians stood as one in their unity and solidarity, with individual and institutional initiatives from the private sector and civil society reflecting the social responsibility we wish to see as a steadfast national approach at all times.

Praise be to God, Jordan worked in coordination with countries around the world to counter the humanitarian and economic ramifications imposed by the pandemic. The health and wellbeing of citizens were the ultimate goals for all the steps and measures taken, and those we continue to take.

Despite the Cabinet’s efforts in setting plans and programmes, and implementing priorities, it is important to learn from the mistakes that marked aspects of the response to COVID-19, a challenge unlike the world has seen in decades, with methods to address it being refined day by day, based on the latest developments.

As I hereby accept your resignation, I entrust you and the Cabinet to continue as caretaker government, until a new prime minister is selected and a new Cabinet is formed, and I stress the importance of working diligently during this period, because dealing with COVID-19 requires focused and persistent action, with ongoing measures being taken without delay.

I reaffirm my appreciation of you and your fellow ministers for all your efforts. You will always be worthy of our trust, and I pray that God Almighty protect you all and justly reward you for your efforts.

Peace, God's mercy and blessings be upon you.

Your brother,
Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein