King Abdullah II stands near Razzaz during the swearing-in ceremony. The Cabinet includes 11 new members. Jordanian Royal Palace/Handout via Reuters
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Jordan's new Cabinet agreed Thursday to withdraw a controversial tax bill that led to the toppling of the government after thousands took to the streets in protest.At a meeting after the swearing-in ceremony in Al-Husseinyah Palace, the new 28-member Cabinet agreed to withdraw the bill, local media said.Both Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Interior Minister Samir al-Mubaidin kept their posts in the new Cabinet.For some protesters, the new Cabinet did not go far enough to bring in new faces and get rid of the established, corrupt political elite.Jordan has seen public debt spiral to nearly $40 billion, blamed on government overspending to secure jobs and raising public sector pay in the hope of avoiding a repeat of 2011 Arab Spring unrest.
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