Alexa

Jordan's king swears in new Cabinet

Jordan's king swears in new Cabinet

Jordan's royal palace says King Abdullah II has sworn in a new Cabinet assigned to enact laws for political and election reforms.
Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh replaces Awn al-Khasawneh. The king accused him of delays in introducing laws governing elections, parties and an independent electoral commission. Al-Khasawneh resigned Thursday.
The new Cabinet features conservative technocrats and professionals, including journalists and judges.
A list released by the palace on Wednesday shows that Tarawneh's 30-member Cabinet includes a minister designated to oversee women's affairs. It was the first time that such a ministry has been established. The new minister is a female journalist.
Jordan has experienced 17 months of low-level unrest over an election law that draws districts to boost the king's backers. Protesters also want more say in Jordan's political life.


Updated : 2021-03-09 05:43 GMT+08:00