Jordan Cabinet resigns for slated reshuffle

November 4, 2019 GMT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s Cabinet has resigned as part of a planned government reshuffle, the fourth in two years.

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz ordered the resignations on Monday. There were no immediate announcements regarding new appointments, but Razzaz will remain prime minister.

The resignations require approval by King Abdullah II, who has the final say on key policies. Frequent Cabinet personnel changes are seen as a way of deflecting growing frustration among Jordanians with high prices and unemployment.

Jordan has taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighboring Syria, further straining the kingdom’s limited economic resources. Western allies consider Jordan’s stability crucial to combatting Islamic extremism in the Mideast.