Jordan swears in new ministers following Cabinet reshuffle

A statement from the Royal Court Thursday said the 11 ministers were sworn in before King Abdullah II, who has the final say on key policies.

7 November 2019 | 18:12

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 7 November 2019 | 18:12

In a Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 file photo, Palestinians hang photos of Heba al-Labadi, a Jordanian citizen of Palestinian descent, during a protest demanding her release in east Jerusalem. (AP Photo)

AMMAN, Jordan: Jordan has sworn in new ministers after a Cabinet reshuffle, the fourth one in two years.

A statement from the Royal Court Thursday said the 11 ministers were sworn in before King Abdullah II, who has the final say on key policies.

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz ordered the resignations earlier this week. He remained in his post as did the foreign and interior ministers.

Frequent Cabinet personnel changes are seen as a way of deflecting growing frustration among Jordanians with high prices and unemployment.

Jordan has taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighboring Syria, further straining the kingdom’s limited economic resources. Western allies consider Jordan’s stability crucial to combatting Islamic extremism in the Mideast.

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