The Government of Saudi Arabia introduced nine new ministers appointed by King Abdullah in a Cabinet shuffle of various domestic affairs posts. This week the ministers pledged an oath of office in a ceremony in Riyadh. The “power” ministries — Interior, Foreign Affairs, Defense and National Guard — were unchanged. Today we provide details on the changes contained in a release from the Saudi Press Agency and Arab News reports. We also have a list of key government officials updated to reflect the new ministers. In separate posts you can find op-eds on the Cabinet shuffle by veteran journalist and Saudi Gazette Editor-at-Large Khaled Almaeena (“Commentary | New Cabinet Ministers Must Lead from the Front”) and Arab News columnist Abdulateef Al-Mulhim (“Commentary | New Ministers Face “Many Challenges”). They provided perspective on the changes and roles of the government officials.
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Newly-appointed Ministers take oath before King
Riyadh, Safar 22, 1436, December 14, 2014, SPA — Newly-appointed ministers of the Saudi cabinet separately took oath before Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at his palace in Riyadh this evening.
New Ministers at oath-taking ceremony. (SPA)
They are Dr. Sulaiman bin Abdullah Abalkhail, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance; Dr. Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Sabti, Minister of Higher Education; Dr. Mohammed bin Ali bin Hayaze’a Al Hayaze’a, Minister of Health; Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Khudairi, Minister of Culture and Information; Eng. Waleed bin Abdulkareem Al-Khuraiji, Minister of Agriculture; Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Muqbel, Minister of Transport; and Dr. Isam bin Saad bin Saeed, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and Chief of the Commission of Experts at the Council of Ministers.
Each one swore to be sincere to his religion, king and nation and never divulge any of the State’s secrets, to preserve its interests and systems and carry out his duties with the most possible honesty, faithfulness and sincerity.
For his part, the monarch congratulated them on the new appointment, appealing to Allah Almighty to help them carry out their duties in the service of their religion and nation.
For their part, the ministers expressed thanks to and appreciation of the king for the royal confidence bestowed on them, appealing to Allah Almighty to help them meet the aspirations of the prudent leadership.
New Ministers at oath-taking ceremony. (SPA)
The oath-taking ceremony was attended by Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense; Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier, Advisor to and Special Envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard; Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Foreign Minister; Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region; Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet, Chief of the Crown Prince’s Court and Special Advisor to the Crown Prince; Prince Abdulmajeed bin Abdul-Elah bin Abdulaziz; Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Member of the cabinet; and Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance.
New ministers pledge to serve nation
The Kingdom’s newly appointed ministers have pledged to serve the nation.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Monday announced a major Cabinet reshuffle, removing six ministers and appointing eight new ones for health, higher education, transport, agriculture, social affairs, communications and information technology, culture and information, and Islamic affairs.
The king also appointed Essam bin Saad bin Saeed a state minister in addition to his current position as the chief of Cabinet’s Experts Commission.
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Sulaiman Al-Humaid, the newly appointed social affairs minister, said that if it were possible, he would increase social insurance payments. “If I am able to do so, I would decide to increase social insurance allowances and financial assistance for the needy, widows and persons with disabilities.”
Mohammed Alhayazie, the new health minister, thanked the leadership for the trust placed in him. “My only hope is to realize the aspirations of the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to provide better health services for all citizens.”
Abdullah Al-Muqbil, the new minister of transport, thanked the king for the confidence placed in him and said he would work hard to serve the interests of the Kingdom.
Abdul Aziz Al-Khodairy, the new minister of culture and information, said he would work to ensure that every citizen helps to promote the Kingdom. “Every citizen should be honored and proud to be a Muslim, proud of his country and language, and to work hard to spread the word about the Kingdom’s achievements and leadership.”
Fahd Al-Hamad, the new minister of communications and information technology, thanked the king for the confidence placed in him and said he would work to develop the communication and information technology system in the country.
Sulaiman Abalkhail, the new Islamic affairs minister, thanked the king and said: “I am proud to bear this responsibility and to serve my country as best I can, to achieve the aspirations of the leadership.”
Khaled Al-Sabti, higher education minister, said that under the leadership of the king, he hopes to assist the Kingdom to develop into a knowledge society. “The role of higher education is pivotal, and the scholarship program represents one of the main mechanisms to achieve the required quantum leap toward a knowledge society in the Kingdom.”
Source: Arab News
Cabinet shake-up puts 9 new ministers at the helm
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Monday announced a major Cabinet reshuffle, removing six ministers and appointing eight new ministers for health, higher education, transport, agriculture, social affairs, communications and information technology, culture and information, and Islamic affairs.
King Abdullah chairing a Cabinet meeting, Dec. 2013 (SPA).
The current oil and finance ministers would remain in place. The vacant health post has now been filled with Mohammed Alhayazie, former rector of Jazan University.
Abdul Aziz Al-Khodairy, former chief executive officer of King Abdullah Public Education Development Project (Tatweer), takes over the vacant culture and information post.
King Abdullah appointed Khaled Al-Sabti new higher education minister replacing Khaled bin Mohammed Al-Anqari. Al-Sabti was the deputy minister of education.
Sulaiman Al-Humaid is the new social affairs minister, replacing Yousuf bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen. Al-Humaid was a member of the Shoura Council and a former governor of the General Organization of Social Insurance.
Fahaad Al-Hamad becomes new minister of communications and information technology, replacing Mohammed Jamil bin Ahmad Mulla. Al-Hamad was the assistant chairman of the Shoura Council.
Abdullah Al-Muqbil is the new minister of transport replacing Jabara Al-Seraisry. Al-Muqbil was the mayor of Riyadh.
Walid Al-Khereiji becomes agriculture minister replacing Fahd bin Abdulrahman Balghuneim. Al-Khereiji was president of the Grain Silos and Flour Mills Organization.
Sulaiman Abalkhail is the new Islamic Affairs minister, replacing Saleh Al-Asheikh.
The king appointed Essam bin Saad bin Saeed a state minister in addition to his current position as the chief of Cabinet’s Experts Commission.
In the decrees related to security commanders, the King ordered the promotion of Maj. Gen. Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Amr, director general of the Civil Defense, to the rank of lieutenant general, and Maj. Gen. Othman Al-Muhrij, director general of public security, to the rank of lieutenant general.
Source: Arab News
Officials of the Government of Saudi Arabia
Source: World Fact Book / SPA
- King and Prime Minister – ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
- Dep. Prime Min. SALMAN bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
- Second Dep. Prime Min. – MUQRIN bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
- * Min. of Agriculture – Eng. Waleed bin Abdulkareem Al-Khuraiji
- Min. of Civil Service – Abdallah bin Abd al-Rahman al-BARRAK
- Min. of Commerce & Industry – Tawfiq bin Fawzan al-RABIAH
- * Min. of Communications & Information Technology – Fahd Al-HAMAD
- * Min. of Culture & Information – Abdul Aziz Al-KHODAIRY
- Min. of Defense – SALMAN bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
- Min. of Economy & Planning – Muhammad bin Sulayman al-JASIR
- Min. of Education – KHALID al-Faysal bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
- Min. of Finance – Ibrahim Abd al-Aziz al-ASSAF
- Min. of Foreign Affairs – SAUD al-Faysal bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
- * Min. of Health – Dr. Mohammed Al HAYAZIE
- * Min. of Higher Education – Dr. Khaled Al SABTI
- Min. of Housing – Shawaysh bin Saud al-DHUWAYHI
- Min. of Interior – MUHAMMAD bin Nayif bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
- * Min. for Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call, & Guidance – Sulaiman ABALKHAIL
- Min. of Justice – Muhammad bin Abd al-Karim bin Abd al-Aziz al-ISA
- Min. of Labor – Adil bin Muhammad bin Abd al-Qadir FAQIYAH
- Min. of Municipal & Rural Affairs – MANSUR bin Mitib bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
- Min. of the National Guard – MITIB bin Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
- Min. of Petroleum & Mineral Resources – Ali Ibrahim al-NAIMI
- Min. of Pilgrimage Affairs & Religious Trusts – Bandar bin Muhammad HAJJAR
- * Min. of Social Affairs – Sulaiman Al-HUMAID
- * Min. of Transport – ABDULLAH AL-MUQBIL
- Min. of Water & Electricity – Abdallah bin Abd al-Rahman al-HUSAYN
- Min. of State – Musaid bin Muhammad al-AYBAN
- * Min. of State and Chief of the Commission of Experts at the Council of Ministers – Dr. Isam bin Saad bin Saeed
- Min. of State – MUHAMMAD BIN SALMAN bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
- Min. of State – Mutalib bin Abdallah al-NAFISA
- Min. of State – Khalid bin Abd al-Aziz al-TUWAYJIRI
- Chmn., Supreme Ulama Council – ABD AL-AZIZ BIN ABDALLAH Al al-Shaykh
- Governor, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency – Fahd bin Abdallah al-MUBARAK
- Ambassador to the US – Adil al-Ahmad al-JUBAYR
- Permanent Representative to the UN, New York – Abdallah bin Yahya al-MUALLAMI
* Ministers appointed in December 2014.
Source: World Fact Book / Saudi Press Agency
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