Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has replaced two ministers, two days after announcing his cabinet.
Critics said the original line-up showed Mr Mnangagwa had no plans to bring real change to the country despite hailing a “new democracy”.
The education and labour ministers have now been replaced, ostensibly to comply with a constitutional provision.
But military chiefs remain in charge of the foreign affairs and land portfolios.
Ten days ago Mr Mnangagwa returned from exile following the military coup against Robert Mugabe, promising to serve all citizens equally.
On Saturday, the government announced that two positions were being replaced to “ensure compliance with the constitution and considerations of gender, demography and special needs”.
Reports suggest the initial list did not comply with a constitutional provision which limits the number of ministers who are not members of parliament.
Some opposition supporters celebrated the most high profile decision – the removal of the education minister Lazarus Dokora – arguing that he was responsible for the decline in educational standards over the last few years.