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John Griffiths has a reputation as Carwyn Jones' most loyal ally in cabinet so it's no surprise that he is remaining at the top table. He followed the First Minister into the role of Counsel General before gaining the environment brief from which he has now been reshuffled to culture and sport.
"Here we have one of the key ministers - the Health Minister - being moved mid-term when major health reforms are being undertaken" says Andrew RT Davies, the Welsh Conservatives' leader in the Assembly.
"It is a clear admission of failure on behalf of Carwyn Jones, and I hope that his new ministers actually up their game".
Leighton Andrews' joke to reporters as he left Welsh Government HQ was 'bad luck I'm back!' Those in charge of running schools and universities might well think that. He's been one of the most active and most confrontational ministers in the government in dealing with severe problems in that area.
It was rumoured that he'd be taking on a business and finance role but this reappointment shows that his long term battle with education chiefs is far from over.
Leighton Andrews has been re-appointed Minister for Education, the Welsh Government confirms.
Carl Sargeant's move to Housing and Regeneration is a sideways move but to a job with significant challenges and some major legislation to see through.
His appointment brings the tally to 5 ministers plus First Minister, 1 Deputy Minister and the Chief Whip. That's 7 (Chief Whip doesn't count towards the total) out of a limit of 12 ministerial positions allowed in the cabinet.
Huw Lewis' reappointment means that Carwyn Jones has kept both of his former leadership rivals in his cabinet and it's easy to forget what a remarkable turnaround that state of affairs is for the Merthyr AM.
Before the leadership campaign he'd been seen as a critic of the Welsh Labour leadership and a troublemaker. His reappointment shows that he's now seen as a safe pair of hands and although the move may seem a sideways one it's to an area of policy he's always been vocal about.