Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, in a limited reshuffle of the Council of Ministers, has issued a royal order relieving four ministers of their posts, at their own request, with two of them replacing each other and two departing. Dr. Muhammad bin Ahmed Al-Rasheed has been replaced as Minister of Education by Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Obeid; and Dr. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Namlah has been replaced as Minister of Social Affairs by Abdulmuhsin Al-Akkas. Both of the new ministers are currently members of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura). Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalaam Al-Farsi, now Minister of Pilgrimage, has exchanged portfolios with Iyad bin Ameen Madani, now Minister of Culture and Information.
In addition, King Fahd has ordered extension for four more years to the terms of office of Prince Muhammad bin Nasir bin Abdulaziz as Governor of Jizan Province, effective April 3, 2005; Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thinayan Al Saud as Chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, effective February 17, 2005; and Salih bin Abdullah Al-Ibrahim, Deputy Chief of the Court of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, effective March 4, 2005. All three positions have the rank of minister.