King shakes up Cabinet; Riyadh, Makkah governors replaced

30 January 2015


A huge Cabinet revamp has taken place following a royal decree issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

Prince Turki bin Abdullah has been relieved as governor of Riyadh, and so with Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah as Makkah governor.

Prince Faisal bin Bandar was replaced as Qassim governor by Prince Faisal bin Mishaal.

Health Minister Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz was given back his former post as governor of Makkah. Ahmed Al-Khateeb is the new health minister.

Prince Khaled Bandar was removed as intelligence chief and replaced by Brig. Gen. Khaled Al-Humaidan.

Prince Bandar bin Sultan was removed as National Security Council chief.

Prince Miteb bin Abdullah remains as Minister of the National Guard.

Also left untouched were veteran Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi, Finance Minister Ibrahim Alassaf, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Labor Minister Adel Fakeih, Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry, and Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Jasser.

Appointed as chief of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) was Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sanad, erstwhile president of Madinah Islamic University.

Adil Turaifi was named minister of information, Saleh Al-Shaikh is the new minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdul Latif Al-Shaikh was made minister of municipal and rural affairs, and Mansour bin Mit’eb is the new state minister.

Dr. Azzam Al-Dakhil was named minister of the merged education and higher education ministries, now to be known as Education Ministry.

Mohammed Abdullah Al-Jadaan is the new Capital Market Authority (CMA) chief and Khaled Al-Mohaisen is new chief of the anti-corruption watchdog Nazaha.

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman was named deputy oil minister.

Named IT minister was Mohammed Al-Suwaiyyel, current chief of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

Nabeel Al-Amoudi is the new chief of Saudi Ports Authority.

Source: Arab News.


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