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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques decrees cabinet mini-reshuffle | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud today announced a Cabinet mini-reshuffle, appointing a number of senior officials to new posts.

In a series of royal decrees issued by the Saudi Arabian Royal Court and read out on Saudi state television, King Abdullah relieved Dr. Fu’ad bin Abdulsalam Farsi of the post of Minister of Hajj, replacing him with Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Asaad Hajjar. For his part, Dr. Hajjar quit his job as Deputy Speaker of the Shoura Council, being replaced by Dr. Mohammed bin Ameen bin Ahmed Al-Jeffery, who was also appointed the rank of Minister.

Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Qusaibi was relieved of his post as Minister of Economy and Planning, replaced by Dr. Mohammed bin Sulaiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser. Dr. Al-Jasser, in turn, was relieved of his post as Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), being replaced by Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah bin Abdullatif Al-Mubarak, who was also appointed the rank of Minister.

Mohammed bin Ali Al-Fayez was relieved of his post as Minister of Civil Service and replaced by Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Albarak. Dr. Albarak quit his current post as Assistant Speaker of the Shoura Council, being replaced by Dr. Fihad bin Mu’tad bin Shafaq Al-Hamad.

Abdullah bin Ahmed Zenel Ali Redha left the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, with this portfolio being taken over by Dr. Tawfeeq bin Faozan bin Mohammed Al-Rabee’a.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz also relieved Faisal bin Abdulrahman Al-Muammar of his post as Deputy Minister of Education, appointing Dr. Khalid bin Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Sabti as his replacement, who was also granted the rank of Minister. Bin Muammar was transferred to the post of Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Secretary General of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue at the rank of Minister.

King Abdullah also appointed Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed bin Hamad Al Al-Sheikh as Deputy Minister of Education for Boys Affairs, and Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Ibrahim as Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation.

All the above changes and appointments will go into force with immediate effect, according to the statement.