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Cabinet sees nine new ministers as Royal Decree approves reshuffle

By JT - Nov 07,2019 - Last updated at Nov 07,2019

AMMAN — A Royal Decree was issued on Thursday, approving a reshuffle of Prime Minister Omar Razzaz’s Cabinet.

Muhyiddine Touq was appointed as minister of higher education and scientific research, Tayseer Nueimi as minister of education, Saleh Kharabsheh as minister of environment, Ibrahim Shahahdeh as minister of agriculture, Mohamad Al-Ississ as minister of finance and Amjad Adaileh as minister of state for media affairs, according to a Royal Court statement. 

The Royal decree also approved the appointment of Mohammad Khalaileh as minister of Awqaf and Islamic affairs, Basim Tweissi as minister of culture, Fares Braizat as minister of youth, Wissam Rabadi as minister of planning and international cooperation and Khalid Saif as minister of transport. 

The ministers were sworn in before His Majesty King Abdullah at Al Husseiniya Palace.

Razzaz, Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, and Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Al Khasawneh attended the swearing-in.

A Royal Decree has also been issued accepting the resignation of the following, as of November 7, 2019: Rajai Muasher as deputy prime minister and minister of state, Abdul Nasser Abul Basal as minister of Awqaf and Islamic affairs, Ezzeddine Kanakrieh as minister of finance and Jumana Ghunaimat as minister of state for media affairs. 

The decree also accepted the resignation of Ibrahim Shahahdeh as minister of agriculture and minister of environment, Anmar Khasawneh as minister of transport, Mohammad Abu Rumman as minister of culture and minister of youth and Mohamad Al-Ississ as minister of planning and international cooperation and minister of state for economic affairs.

King Abdullah received the outgoing ministers at Al Husseiniya Palace on Thursday and thanked them for their efforts.

The shakeup, which came upon the premier’s recommendation, included nine incoming ministers: Touq, Nueimi, Saif, Kharabsheh, Adaileh, Rabadi, Khalaileh, Tweissi and Braizat.

The reshuffle also changed the portfolio of Al-Ississ from minister of planning and international cooperation and state minister for economic affairs to finance minister, while Shahahdeh now heads only the agriculture ministry, after he was previously in charge of the ministries of environment and agriculture. 

This Cabinet reshuffle in Razzaz's government is the fourth in one year after similar reshuffles took place in May and January 2019 and in October 2018.

On Monday, when Razzaz asked ministers to submit their resignations in preparation for the Cabinet reshuffle, the premier stressed that the reshuffle is aimed at dealing with the requirements of the phase.


Cabinet list


Following is the list of Prime Minister Omar Razzaz’s Cabinet members after Thursday’s reshuffle:


Omar Razzaz: Prime Minister and Minister of Defence

Ayman Safadi: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates

Musa Maaytah: Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of State

Nidal Bataineh: Minister of Labour

Walid Masri: Minister of Local Administration

Yasera Ghosheh: Minister of State for Institutional Performance Development

Sami Daoud: Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs

Wissam Rabadi: Minister of Planning and International Cooperation 

Salameh Hammad: Minister of Interior

Mohammad Khalaileh: Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs

Mohamad Al-Ississ: Minister of Finance

Mubarak Abu Yamin: Minister of State for Legal Affairs

Tareq Hammouri: Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply

Amjad Adaileh: Minister of State for Media Affairs

Hala Zawati: Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources

Muthana Gharaibeh: Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship

Raed Abul Saud: Minister of Water and Irrigation

Bassam Talhouni: Minister of Justice

Majd Shweikeh: Minister of Tourism and Antiquities 

Falah Omoush: Minister of Public Works and Housing

Basma Ishaqat: Minister of Social Development

Saad Jaber: Minister of Health

Ibrahim Shahahdeh: Minister of Agriculture 

Saleh Kharabsheh: Minister of Environment

Basim Tweissi: Minister of Culture 

Fares Braizat: Minister of Youth

Tayseer Nueimi: Minister of Education

Muhyiddine Touq: Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research 

Khalid Saif: Minister of Transport




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