|Jordan's King Abdullah II (C, front) poses with the new cabinet at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, on Oct. 11, 2012. Jordan's King Abdullah II on Thursday swore in a new cabinet led by Prime Minister Abdullah Nsour. (Xinhua)
AMMAN, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's King Abdullah II on Thursday swore in a new cabinet led by Prime Minister Abdullah Nsour.
The new government, which consists of 21 ministers including the premier, does not include any woman minister.
Several ministers kept their posts, including Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Judeh, Minister of Finance Suleiman Al Hafez, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and Transport Alaa Batayneh, and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan.
A new minister was named for the interior ministry portfolio, according to the Royal Court statement of which a copy was obtained by Xinhua.
The Jordanian leader named Nsour as the new prime minister this week after former Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh submitted his resignation.
The king urged Nsour to start preparations for the legislative elections expected before the end of this year and to urge all to take part in the polls.
Nsour has held several ministerial portfolios over the past years including minister of media, education, higher education, industry and trade, planning, foreign affairs and deputy prime minister.
Nsour, who was born in 1939, was also a former member of the Lower House and Senate.