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Sunday, 9 June, 2002, 17:23 GMT 18:23 UK
Arafat's new cabinet
Yasser Arafat and aides
Arafat was under pressure to reform his administration
The new Palestinian Council of Ministers, appointed 9 June 2002:

1. Yasser Abd Rabbo: Minister of Information and Culture (formerly Minister of Information)

2. Nabil Shaath: Minister of Planning and International Co-operation (no change)

3. Salam Fayad, Minister of Finance (formerly the IMF resident representative in Palestine)

4. Maher al-Masri, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (formerly Minister of Trade and Economy)

5. Abdel Razzek al-Yehiye, Minister of the Interior (formerly Chairman of the Committee on Security and Borders in the final status talks with Israel)

6. Naim Abul Hummus, Minister of Education (formerly Under-secretary in the Ministry of Education)

7. Riad Zannun, Minister of Health (no change)

8 Saeb Erakat, Minister of Local Government (no change)

9. Ibrahim Dughmeh, Minister of Justice (formerly head of the Fatwa and Legislation Department)

10. Azzam al-Ahmad, Minister of Housing and Public Works (formerly Minister of Public Works)

11. Intisar al-Wazir, Minister of Social Affairs (no change)

12. Rafiq al-Natsheh, Minister of Agriculture (formerly Minister of Labour)

13. Abdelrahman Hamad, Minister of Natural Resources (formerly Minister of Housing)

14. Ghassan al-Khatib, Minister of Labour (formerly President of the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre)

15. Nabil Qassis, Minister of Tourism (formerly Minister of State for Bethlehem 2000 Affairs)

16. Imad al-Faluji, Minister of Telecommunications (no change)

17. Mitri Abu Eita, Minister of Transport (formerly Minister of Tourism and Archaeology)

18. Jamil Tarifi, Minister of Civil Affairs (no change)

19. Abdel Aziz Shahin, Minister of Supply (no change)

20. Ali al-Kawashmeh, Minister of Youth and Sports (formerly Minister of Transport)

The 21st member of the cabinet, a Minister of Awqaf [Religious Endowments], has yet to be appointed.

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