Last updated: 17 October, 2011

Jordan king appoints new intelligence chief

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Monday appointed Major-General Feisal Shobaki as intelligence chief, replacing Mohamad Raqqad, who has held the position since 2008, a senior official said.

“Major-General Shobaki was appointed as Chief of the Department of Intelligence, replacing Raqqad,” the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Shobaki has been ambassador to Morocco since 2008.

In August, the king held meetings with various Jordanian groups and spoke of a “tsunami” of change in top state posts to enhance his reform drive, according to those who attended the gatherings.

Sources have said the king is planning a shake-up at the royal palace as well as in the security departments.

Jordan has been the scene of protests since January to demand sweeping economic and political reform.