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Jordan's king swears in new gov't

English.news.cn   2013-03-30 22:50:45            

Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour speaks to the media after the swearing-in ceremony for the new cabinet at the Royal Palace in Amman on March 30, 2013. (Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh)

AMMAN, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's King Abdullah II on Saturday swore in a new cabinet led by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.

Ministers of interior, finance, planning and international cooperation, energy, and education were all replaced in the new 19- minister government (including the prime minister), while Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh stayed.

Reem Abu Hassan, a female minister, will head the Ministry of Social Development, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

On March 9, Jordan's king accepted the resignation of Ensour, the then prime minister, but re-tasked him with forming a new government as there had been no suitable candidate for the assignment.

Late last year, Ensour ended fuel subsidies, triggering nationwide protests.

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Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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