Jordan: PM reshuffles gov't to extend its duration

But economic policy remains unchanged

11 October, 14:01

    AMMAN - Jordan's Prime minister Omar al Razaz on Thursday reshuffled his cabinet, leaving the major portfolios of foreign, interior and finance ministries unchanged, as he seeks to extend its duration, according to official sources.
    "This is a cosmetic change. The prime minister wants to buy time for his government, but in reality new faces replace old faces," said a senior former official.
    The premier will lead his team to the royal palace later on Thursday for a ceremonial oath before king Abdullah, who enjoys absolute powers of hiring and firing governments at his wish. The government change sees introduction of up to nine ministers including justice, water resources, education, public works, health, social development, agriculture and environment and culture ministries.
    The reshufle is seen by many observers routine to extend life of the government, as the premier continues to press for controversial financial policies guided by the IMF.
    Opposition activists have been calling for constitutional changes whereby the king has no say in the appointment of governments, leaving naming prime ministers and cabinet members to the parliament.
    Razaz was appointed by king Abdullah several months ago in order to absorb growing public anger over government fiscal policies and infested corruption. The premier said he was adamant on fighting corruption, but several observers have cast doubt on ability of any government to cut down on the deeply rooted irregularities. They say that the nature of the ruling system largely depends on providing perks and illegal assistance to allies from tribes and security forces including the intelligence department. Earlier this week, officials discovered that up to 300 people are on the payrole of ministry of health under al Basheer hospital staff but do not work, amid claims that major part of the group are close to security agencies. Western diplomats fear that several other major institutions have similar problems, citing that over 75 percent of the government annual budget are spent on salaries for the public sector.

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