The new Jordanian government takes the oath before King Abdullah –...

The new Jordanian government takes the oath before King Abdullah –...
The new Jordanian government takes the oath before King Abdullah –...
Today, Monday, the new Jordanian government, headed by Dr. Bishr Al-Khasawneh, took the constitutional oath before King Abdullah II, which included 31 ministers, including 3 women.

This government came to succeed the government of Dr. Omar Al-RazzazWhich was ravaged by sharp criticism against the backdrop of several crises, on top of which is the Coronavirus.

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The new government included the appointment of Al-Khasawneh as prime minister and defense minister, and the appointment of 3 deputies for him: Tawfiq Krishan, Minister of Local Administration, Ayman Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Umayya Toukan, Minister of State for Economic Affairs.

Tawfiq Al-Halamah was appointed as Minister of Interior, Nazir Obeidat as Minister of Health, Muhammad Al-Asas as Minister of Finance, Ali Al-Ayed as Minister of Information, Maan Al-Qatamin as Minister of Labor, Nayef Al-Fayez as Minister of Tourism, Muhammad Al-Khalayleh as Minister of Endowments, Yahya Al-Kasbi as Minister of Public Works and Housing, and Nasser Al-Sharida as Minister of Planning and International Cooperation.

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While the agriculture portfolio was assigned to Muhammad Dawudiya, and education to facilitate Al-Nuaimi, Musa Al-Maaytah was appointed as Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs, Bassem Al-Tuaysi as Minister of Culture, Muhammad Faris Al-Nabulsi as Minister of Youth, Mutassim Al-Saeedan as Minister of Water and Irrigation, and Bassam Talhouni as Minister of Justice.

Nabil Al-Massawati was appointed as Minister of Environment, Maha Al-Ali as Minister of Industry and Trade, Marwan Al-Khaitan as Minister of Transport, Hala Zawati as Minister of Energy, Ayman Al-Mafleh as Minister of Social Development, and Nawaf Al-Tal as Minister of State for Follow-up and Government Coordination Affairs.

Ibrahim Mashhour Haditha Al-Jazi was appointed as Minister of State for Prime Minister Affairs, Ahmed Nuri Muhammad Al-Ziyadat as Minister of State for Legal Affairs, “Muhammad Khair” Ahmed Muhammad Abu Qudis as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mahmoud al-Kharabsheh as Minister of State, and Rab’a Muflih Odeh Al-Ajarmeh as Minister of State. To develop institutional performance, Ahmed Qassem Theeb Al-Hananda as Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship.

A minister infected with Corona and another in stone

Mahmoud Al-Kharabsheh will take the constitutional oath later, due to his being in health isolation, after being infected with Corona, and also Nawaf Al-Tal, who is spending a period of compulsory quarantine, for his return from travel.

8 ministers kept their bags

Eight ministers from Omar Razzaz’s government kept their portfolios in the Al-Khasawneh government, and they are: Ayman Safadi as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taysir al-Nuaimi as Minister of Education, Muhammad al-Khalayleh as Minister of Endowments, Hala Zawati as Minister of Energy, Musa al-Ma`aytah as Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs, Muhammad al-Asas as Minister of Finance, Bassam Talhouni Minister of Justice, and Bassem Touaisi as Minister of Culture.

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Notable departures

Among the most prominent departures from their ministries were Interior Minister Salama Hammad, whose ministry faced criticism for its handling of teachers’ protests recently, and Minister of Health Saad Jaber and Media Amjad Al-Adaileh, who were the two most prominent government names in the Corona pandemic crisis.

Notable departures also include Minister of Labor Nidal Bataineh, and Muthanna Gharaibeh, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship.

3 women and 3 former MPs

The Razzaz squad included 3 women, one of them from the Razzaz government, Hala Zawati, and two entering for the first time in a government formation, namely: Maha Al-Ali and Rabia Al-Ajarmah.

In its first report on the government of Al-Khasawneh, the “Monitor” Center for Monitoring Governmental Performance indicated that the average age of Bishr Al-Khasawneh ministers is 59 years, while the average age of male ministers is 60 years, and the average age of women is 55.

The formation included 4 current notables, they are: Tawfiq Krishan, Tawfiq Al-Halalmeh, Ibrahim Al-Jazi, Umayya Toukan, a current candidate for the elections, Mahmoud Kharabsheh, and 3 ministers who were former MPs.

It was noted that King Abdullah, Crown Prince Hussein and the new ministers were committed to the health rules, as they appeared in pictures published by the official Jordanian News Agency (Petra), wearing protective masks.

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