Bakhit reshuffles Cabinet


Following a parliamentary vote on Monday which absolved Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit of involvement in a corruption case, the prime minister made changes to his Cabinet yesterday.

The most significant move was the appointment of Mazen Saket as Interior Minister replacing Saad Hyel Srour who was criticised for allowing a prominent businessman charged with bribery and corruption to escape the country.

Other important appointments which reshuffled eleven post include Abdullah Abu Raman as Information Minister, Ibrahim Omoush into Justice and Abdullatif Woraikat as the new Health Minister.

Political opponents immediately condemned the reshuffle and said that it made little difference. It is unclear at this stage how the broader public will react. There have protests demanding democratic reforms since February which have been met with the establishment of a National Dialogue Committee.

The new Cabinet is as follows:

Marouf Bakhit Prime Minister and Minister of Defence
Tawfiq Kreishan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
Samir Habashneh Minister of State and Minister of Agriculture
Hani Mulki Minister of Industry and Trade
Nasser Judeh Minister of Foreign Affairs
Khaled Toukan Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources
Abdel Rahim Akour Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs
Mohammad Abu Hammour Minister of Finance
Tayseer Nueimi Minister of Education
Jafar Hassan Minister of Planning and International Cooperation
Mazen Saket Minister of Interior
Musa Maaytah Minister of Political Development
Mohammad Najjar Minister of Water and Irrigation
Wajih Owais Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Ibrahim Omoush Minister of Justice
Mohammad Adeinat Minister of Public Sector Development
Mahmoud Al Kafawin Minister of Labour
Adel Bani Mohammad Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs
Haifa Abu Ghazaleh Minister of Tourism and Antiquities
Abdul Latif Wreikat Minister of Health
Wajih Azaizeh Minister of Social Development
Jeryes Samawi Minister of Culture
Mohammad Barakat Al Zuhair Minister of State for Economic Affairs
Atef Tal Minister of Information and Communications Technology
Taher Shakhshir Minister of Environment
Hazem Qashou Minister of Municipal Affairs
Yahya Kisbi Minister of Public Works and Housing
Mohannad Qudah Minister of Transport
Abdullah Abu Rumman Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications
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