Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz has issued Royal Decrees with the following orders [details], to take effect on May 3, 2003 [02/03/1424 H.]:
• Termination of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, and the assigning of its responsibilities to the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and other governmental authorities of similar concerns.
• Termination of the Ministry of Industry and Electricity, and the assigning of all electricity activities to the Ministry of Water, which will be renamed the 'Ministry of Water and Electricity'; and all industrial activities to the Ministry of Commerce, which will be renamed the 'Ministry of Commence and Industry'.
• Renaming of the Ministry of Information as the 'Ministry of Culture and Information', and the transfer to that ministry of certain cultural activities from other governmental organs.
• Renaming of the Ministry of Posts, Telegraphs and Telephones as the 'Ministry of Communications and Information Technology'.
• Renaming of the Ministry of Communications as the 'Ministry of Transport'.
The new formulation of the Council of Ministers, under Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz as Prime Minister, and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz as Deputy Prime Minister, will therefore consist of 21 Ministers with portfolio and five Ministers of State, as follows:
Renewed in office, with some changes in responsibility:
• Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz: Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation, and Inspector General
• Prince Mete'b bin Abdulaziz: Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs
• Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz: Minister of Interior
• Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz: Minister of Foreign Affairs
• Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al-Ashaikh: Minister of Justice
• Shaikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al-Ashaikh: Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance
• Dr. Ghazi bin Abdulrahman Al-Qusaibi: Minister of Water and Electricity
• Muhammad bin Ali Al-Fayez: Minister of Civil Service
• Dr. Khalid bin Muhammad Al-Angary: Minister of Higher Education
• Dr. Muhammad bin Ahmed Al-Rasheed: Minister of Education
• Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalaam Al-Farsi: Minister of Culture and Information
• Dr. Hashim bin Abdullah Al-Yamani: Minister of Commerce and Industry
• Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi: Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
• Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf: Minister of Finance
• Iyad bin Ameen Madani: Minister of Pilgrimage
• Khalid bin Muhammad Al-Qusaibi: Minister of Economy and Planning.
• Dr. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Namlah: Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
• Dr. Fahd bin Abdulrahman bin Sulaiman Balghunaim: Minister of Agriculture
• Dr. Jubarah bin Eid Al-Suraiseri: Minister of Transport
• Mohammed bin Jameel bin Ahmed Mulla: Minister of Communications and Information Technology
• Dr. Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Mane': Minister of Health
Ministers of State:
Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Chief of the Cabinet's Presidency
Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Khuwaiter
Dr. Mutlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafeesah
Dr. Musa'ed bin Muhammad Al-E'ban
Abdullah bin Ahmed bin Yosef Zainal (new appointee)
King Fahd has sent letters of thanks, as have Crown Prince Abdullah and Prince Sultan, to the following members of the Council of Ministers whose terms have ended:
Osama bin Jaafar Faqih (former Minister of Commerce)
Dr. Osama bin Abdulmajeed Shobokshi (former Minister of Health)
Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Mu'ammar (former Minister of Agriculture)
Dr. Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al-Jarallah (former Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs)
Dr. Nasir bin Mohammad Al-Salloom (former Minister of Communications)
Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Almanea (former Minister of State)
Dr. Madani bin Abdulqadir Alaqi (former Minister of State)
Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Al-Ashaikh (former Minister of State)
Dr. Ali bin Talal Al-Jihani (former Minister of State).
The Royal Decrees also covered a number of other appointments at ministerial level and at the highest rank, and extension of the terms of office of a number of province governors, university rectors, and heads of other government agencies. [details]