Jordan’s King Abdullah II replaced nine cabinet ministers with 31 members on Monday, the fourth government reshuffle appointed a year ago.
The king did not change any of the government’s main portfolios regarding security, foreign policy and finance, but changed the Minister of Energy and brought in a new government spokesperson, who has the rank of minister. .
The government has been led by Bisher Al Khasawneh, a former diplomat, since October 2020.
Reshuffles are common in Jordan, which has seen at least a dozen governments since King Abdullah took over from his father, King Hussein, in 1999.
In addition to energy and information, the portfolios of environment, education, legal affairs and culture, labor and industry have been modified.
A new Ministry of Investment headed by Khairi Amro, a former banker, has been created.
Saleh Al Kharabsha, a mechanical engineer who worked on government projects, was appointed Minister of Energy.
Jordan does not produce significant amounts of oil or gas, but the kingdom has solar energy potential.
Over the past two months, the government has offered to send electricity to Lebanon via areas of the Syrian regime, outside of foreign policy measures widely seen as aimed at accommodating the regime of President Bashar Al Assad.
The new Minister of State for Media, who will act as government spokesperson, is Fasial Al Shboul. He was previously the head of the official news agency.
The king has all the important powers in Jordan. He commands the army and the country’s foreign policy.
A committee formed by the king submitted proposals for political reforms last week, which did not affect the powers of the monarch.
The kingdom of 10.7 million people is in recession. It is one of the main recipients of US aid and has 2,000 US military personnel in the country.
Unemployment has officially reached a record high of 24% and nearly 10,000 of its residents have died from the coronavirus.
Update: October 11, 2021, 2:52 p.m.