A new cabinet has been appointed in Jordan following the resignation of Prime Minister Ali Abu al-Ragheb.
Moderates dominate the new cabinet
The cabinet includes three female ministers, and Western-leaning pro-reformists.
"This will be a homogeneous government team," said Prime Minister Faisal al-Fayez who was appointed last week.
Marwan Muasher is to remain foreign minister while Mr al-Fayez retains the defence portfolio.
The new government is likely to continue Jordan's IMF-guided
free market reforms and traditional support for US policies in the region, officials say.
Mr al-Ragheb had stepped down amid
charges of corruption and nepotism after three years in the job.
He had formed his government in June 2000 with a mandate to boost the economy and attract foreign investment.
But many politicians have questioned his business ties with influential Iraqi businessmen and Saddam Hussein's officials.
His successor, Prime Minister al-Fayez, is a close palace aide and career diplomat from
the influential Bani Sakhr tribe.
Mr al-Fayez's background will command respect of the parliament which is elected under a voting system favouring Bedouin areas over the largely Palestinian cities, which are Islamic strongholds and highly politicised, correspondents say.
Palace officials say the palace's free-market reforms will face fewer hurdles than under previous conservative
The information ministry has been abolished.
Asma Khader, a woman, has been appointed minister without
portfolio with the responsibility of being the government's
Ms Khader is a prominent lawyer and champion of human rights, particularly women's rights.
In an open letter to King Abdullah II, the prime minister said his
government would work to build a prosperous Jordan, which would be a "moderate and tolerant Muslim
nation that sets an example to others".