Jordan's cabinet ministers submit resignations ahead of anticipated reshuffle

Jordan

Published: 2023-09-25 11:32

Last Updated: 2024-06-17 10:35


Jordan's cabinet ministers submit resignations ahead of anticipated reshuffle
Jordan's cabinet ministers submit resignations ahead of anticipated reshuffle

During a cabinet session chaired by Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh on Monday morning, several ministers tendered their resignations in anticipation of a government ministerial reshuffle.

Informed government and parliamentary sources suggest that the reshuffle may encompass six ministerial portfolios, including Water, Trade and Industry, Government Communications, the official government spokesperson, and Public Works and Investment. There is a possibility that two members of parliament (MPs) will be appointed to oversee the government communications and investment portfolios.

Per the constitution, if these MPs are appointed to the government, they will be required to resign from Parliament. Their successors will then be appointed by the remaining members of their respective blocs, in adherence to recent constitutional amendments aimed at upholding the principle of the separation of powers.

Khasawneh's government is expected to continue until the parliamentary elections scheduled for the fall of 2024. 

This impending reshuffle is expected to be substantial. The second reshuffle included 11 portfolios in March 2021, while the fifth reshuffle saw the departure of six ministers in October 2022.

The last amendment to Khasawneh's government took place in late December 2022 when Makram Al-Qaisi assumed the position of Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, replacing Nayef Hamid Al-Fayez.

The current government's mandate involves overseeing the implementation of a series of strategies for political and economic modernization and public administration development.