Jordan’s king fills three vacant Cabinet posts

AMMAN, Jordan, AP

Jordan’s King Abdullah II swore in three new Cabinet ministers Sunday, filling posts left vacant by resignations over the past two months, a royal palace statement said. Hamad al-Kassassbeh became the country’s finance minister, replacing Ziad Fariz, a renowned economist and former deputy prime minister who resigned in August over a Cabinet decision not to raise fuel prices, according to the statement. Al-Kassassbeh was formerly the Finance Ministry’s secretary general.

Health Ministry official Salah al-Mawajdeh and university professor Mohammed al Shatnawi took over the health and water portfolios, respectively, the statement said.