New Cabinet sworn in


King Abdullah II swore in a new prime minister and Cabinet yesterday at the Raghadan Palace. The new Cabinet has been described as a reformist cabinet. Members of the Islamist opposition, the Islamic Action Front (IAF) refused to join the Cabinet which was not elected but said that they would support reform initiatives.

The new prime minister, Awn Khasawneh, a judge from the International Court of Justice in The Hague, is seen as an outsider whilst the new finance minister is a former head of the Central Bank. Many of the ministers are completely new appointees who are seen as untainted by previous corruption scandals.

Following are the members of the new Cabinet as published in Petra, the official Jordanian News Agency:

Awn Khasawneh Prime Minister and Minister of Defence
Eid Dhiyat Minister of Education
Salim Zu’bi Minister of Justice
Abdul Salam Abbadi Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs
Sami Qammo Minister of Industry and Trade
Nasser Judeh Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ruwaida Maayteh Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Basem Rousan Minister of Information and Communications Technology
Ala’a’ Aref Batayneh Minister of Transport
Ayman Odeh Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs and Legislation
Jafaar Hassan Minister of Planning and International Cooperation
Nisreen Barakat Minister of Social Development
Yahia Kasabi Minister of Public Works and Housing
Abdul Latif Wreikat Minister of Health
Umayya Touqan Minister of Finance
Mahir Al Wakid Minister of Labour
Salah Jarrar Minister of Culture
Yassin Al Khayyat Minister of Environment
Khleif Al Khawaldeh Minister of Public Sector Development
Nayef Hmeidi Al Fayez Minister of Tourism and Antiquities
Musa Al Jamaani Minister of Water and Irrigation
Mohammad Al Raoud Minister of Interior
Klaib Al Fawaz State Minister for Cabinet Affairs
Ahmad Al Khattab Minister of Agriculture
Haya Al Qaralleh Minister of Political Development and Parliamentary Affairs
Mahir Abul Samin Minister of Municipal Affairs
Qutaybeh Abu Qoura Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources
Rakan Majali State Minister for Media Affairs and Communications
Ibrahim Al Jazi State Minister for Legal Affairs
Mohammad Al Qudah Minister of Youth and Sports
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