Jordan's King Abdullah announced a limited reshuffle in the government of Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai on Wednesday that affected nine portfolios, officials said.
A senior government aide told Reuters the line up sworn in brought nine new ministers into the 29-member cabinet that includes three women.
The nine posts affected were information, justice, labour agriculture, tourism, parliamentary affairs, cabinet affairs, legal affairs and education.
Rifai, the scion of a powerful political family with traditionally close ties to the monarchy, was appointed from within the palace entourage, unlike past premiers drawn from the civil service.
The reshuffle became more urgent after a string of government embarrassments over a teachers' strike and allegations of government meddling in the judicial system.
Islamist and liberal opponents alike have criticised the government for its failure to improve governance or push for genuine political reforms .
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 28 Temmuz 2010, 15:53