Caretaker Cabinet sworn in


King Abdullah II has sworn in a temporary Cabinet after he dissolved parliament last week. The new Cabinet has 16 members of the previous Cabinet, but its size is reduced with a number of the Ministers being given responsibilities for two ministries. The Cabinet will be responsible for managing the affairs of the country until parliamentary elections are held, probably later this year.

The full list of the Cabinet as published in the Jordan News Agency (PETRA) website is as follows:

Abdullah Ensour Prime Minister and Minister of Defence
Awad Khleifat Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior
Abdul Salam Abbadi Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs
Suleiman Hafez Minister of Finance
Nasser Judeh Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hatem Halawani Minister of Industry and Trade & Minister of Information and Communications Technology
Alaa Batayneh Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources & Minister of Transport
Ghaleb Zu’bi Minister of Justice
Jafar Hassan Minister of Planning and International Cooperation
Wajih Owais Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research & Minister of Education
Yahya Kisbi Minister of Public Works and Housing
Wajih Azaizeh Minister of Social Development
Abdul Latif Wreikat Minister of Health
Khleif Al Khawaldeh Minister of Public Sector Development
Nayef Al Fayez Minister of Tourism and Antiquities & Minister of Environment
Ahmad Khattab Minister of Agriculture
Mahir Abul Samin Minister of Municipal Affairs & Minister of Water and Irrigation
Nufan Ajarmeh Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs
Samih Maaytah Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications & Minister of Culture
Bassam Hadaddin Minister of Political Development & Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
Nidal Qatamin Minister of Labour
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