King Hussein named a close adviser, Zaid Ibn Shaker, as the new prime minister to succeed Zaid Rifai, who resigned Monday in the wake of riots that left at least 10 people dead, government sources said Thursday.

Shaker, a cousin of the king, was armed forces chief before his appointment in January to chief of the royal court. The sources, who asked not to be named, said Shaker is the new prime minister, but no official announcement has been made.Rifai and his Cabinet left office this week after the riots triggered by government-imposed price increases in basic commodities like food and fuel. At least 10 people were killed in the riots and several people were arrested.