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New ministers take oath as Razzaz reshuffles team
AMMAN — A Royal Decree was issued on Thursday approving a reshuffle in Prime Minister Omar Razzaz’s Cabinet.
 
Raed Abul Saud was appointed as Minister of Water and Irrigation, Bassam Talhouni as Minister of Justice and Majd Shweikeh as Minister of State for Institutional Performance Development, according to a Royal Court statement.  
 
Azmi Mahafzah was appointed as Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research after the two portfolios were merged, Falah Omoush as Minister of Public Works and Housing, Basma Ishaqat as Minister of Social Development.
 
Newcomers also included Ghazi Zaben as Minister of Health, Ibrahim Shahahdeh as Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Environment, and Mohammad Abu Rumman as Minister of Culture and Minister of Youth. 
 
The new ministers were sworn in before His Majesty King Abdullah at Al Husseiniya Palace in the presence of Razzaz, Royal Court Chief Yousef Issawi and Adviser to His Majesty and Director of the Office of His Majesty Manar Dabbas.
 
Earlier in the day, a Royal Decree was issued accepting the resignation of the following ministers as of October 11: Higher Education Minister Adel Tweisi, Social Development Minister Hala Lattouf, Health Minister Mahmoud Sheyyab, Public Works and Housing Minister Yahya Kisbi and Environment Minister Nayef Fayez.
 
Other outgoing ministers include Agriculture Minister Khalid Hneifat, Justice Minister Awad Abu Jarad, Water Minister Munir Owais, Youth Minister Makram Qaisi and Culture Minister Basmah Nsour. 
 
Cabinet list
 
Following is the list of Prime Minister Omar Razzaz Cabinet members after Thursday’s reshuffle:
 
Omar Razzaz: Prime Minister and Minister of Defence
 
Rajai Muasher: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State
 
Ayman Safadi: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates
 
Musa Maaytah: Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of State
 
Samir Murad: Minister of Labour
 
Walid Masri: Minister of Transport and Minister of Municipal Affairs 
 
Lina Annab: Minister of Tourism and Antiquities
 
Muhannad Shehadeh: Minister of State for Investment Affairs
 
Samir Mubaidin: Minister of Interior
 
Abdul Nasser Abul Bassal: Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs
 
Ezzeddine Kanakrieh: Minister of Finance
 
Mubarak Abu Yamin: Minister of State for Legal Affairs
 
Tareq Hammouri: Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply
 
Jumana Ghunaimat: Minister of State for Media Affairs
 
Hala Zawati: Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources
 
Mary Kawar: Minister of Planning and International Cooperation
 
Muthana Gharaibeh: Minister of ICT
 
Raed Abul Saud: Minister of Water and Irrigation
 
Bassam Talhouni: Minister of Justice
 
Majd Shweikeh: Minister of State for Institutional Performance Development
 
Azmi Mahafzah: Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
 
Falah Omoush: Minister of Public Works and Housing
 
Basma Ishaqat: Minister of Social Development
 
Ghazi Zaben: Minister of Health
 
Ibrahim Shahahdeh: Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Environment
 
Mohammad Abu Rumman: Minister of Culture and Minister of Youth.
 
 

jordantimes - 12, Oct 2018