New Cabinet sworn in


King Abdullah II of Jordan has sworn in a new Cabinet yesterday. Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh replaced Awn al-Khasawneh who resigned last week. Commentators are reporting that the new Cabinet is made up of conservative technocrats and professionals. There is a Minister for Women’s Affairs for the first time.

The new Cabinet will be expected to push through reforms more vigorously than the previous Cabinet. Jordan has, so far, avoided the worst of the Arab Spring’ demonstrations, although there has been unrest to which the King has been responding.

The full list of Cabinet members as published in Petra, the official Jordan News Agency, is as follows:

Fayez Tarawneh Prime Minister and Minister of Defence
Abdul Salam Abbadi Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs
Suleiman Al Hafez Minister of Finance
Nasser Judeh Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sharari Kassab Al Shakhanbah Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
Alaa Al Batayneh Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources
Ghabib Al Zu’bi Minister of Interior
Jafar hassan Minister of planning and International Cooperation
Mohammad Al Najjar Minister of Water and Irrigation
Wajih Oweis Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Yahia Al Kasabi Minister of Public Works and Housing
Atef Al Tal Minister of Information and Communications Technology
Wajih Azayzah Minister of Social Development
Abdul Latif Wreikat Minister of Health
Salah Jarrar Minister of Culture
Yasin Al Khayyat Minister of Environment
Khleif Al Khawaldeh Minister of Public Sector Development
Nayef Hmeidi Al Fayez Minister of Tourism and Antiquities
Ahmad Al Khattab Minister of Agriculture
Maher Abul Samin Minister of Municipal Affairs
Atef Odeibat Minister of Labour
Shabib Farah Ammari Minister of Industry and Trade
Khalifah Khaled Al Suleiman Minister of Justice
Fayez Mohammad Al Saudi Minister of Education
Kamil Hamid Al Saeed Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs and Legislation
Nofan Al Aqeel Al Ajarmah Minister of Political Development
Hashem Al Masaeed Minister of Transport
Sameeh Al Maayteh Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications
Yousef Kasib Al Jazi State Minister
Nadia Mohammad Hashem State Minister for Women’s Affairs
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