Jordan’s Cabinet Reshuffled; Stage Set for Vigorous Reforms

Published October 28th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Jordanian Prime Minister Ali Abul Ragheb reshuffled his cabinet on Saturday, 48 hours after King Abdullah asked for new blood in the administration to speed up implementation of socio-economic, administrative and judicial reforms.  

“We expect the government to come up with a comprehensive national scheme coupled with a set mechanism and a detailed timetable,” the king earlier told the premier in an 11-page letter.  

In the second reshuffle in four months, five ministers left and three newcomers joined the new cabinet, which now counts 26 members, the Jordan Times reported. 

Bassem Awadallah moved to the ministry of planning from the post of director of the Royal Court's economic unit, where he landed a few weeks after King Abdullah's accession to the throne, said the Amman-based paper.  

Salah Bashir, a member of the Economic Consultative Council since its inception, is now the youngest minister in the government at 35 years of age.  

Former director general of the Vocational Training Center Muzahim Muhaisin, 53, has assumed the labor portfolio.  

Former labor minister Eid Fayez is now the caretaker youth minister and minister of state, while Saleh Qallab lost his information ministry and was appointed minister of state.  

Qallab told the Times that he would also act as government spokesman.  

However, the five ministers who left the government were: Mahmoud Kayed (culture), Wasif Azar (industry and trade), Jawad Hadid (planning), Mamoun Noureddine (youth and sports), Abdul Rahim Akour (state).  

Responding to the king's letter, the premier vowed to speed up administrative reforms and modernize the judiciary by offering higher quality training to judges.  

The government also pledged to put in place a comprehensive national plan to reform vocational training based on the needs of the new market realities, as requested by the king –

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