Sunday, March 31, 2013

Jordan gets trim govt to cut spending, Islamists unhappy

King Abdullah II swore in a trim cabinet line-up of 19 members on Saturday led by reformist Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur, who merged several portfolios to cut spending but failed to satisfy opposition Islamists.

The new government, the smallest in Jordan in more than four decades, comprises 14 newcomers including a woman.

The key interior ministry changed hands but veteran diplomat Nasser Judeh remains at the helm of the foreign ministry for the sixth time in a row.