King Salman announces major government restructuring
May 07, 2016
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz today announced major government restructuring. Changes included the elimination some ministries and the merging others. The Royal decrees also names new ministers and advisors.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources was renamed Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral resources; the Minister of Commerce and Industry was renamed the Ministry of Commerce and Investment; the Ministry of Hajj was renamed Ministry of Haj and Umrah; the Ministry of Water and Electricity was dissolved and a new Ministry of Water, Environment and Agriculture formed; the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call and Guidance was renamed Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance; and the Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs were integrated into the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
King Salman appointed Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan Minister of Transport; Khaled Al-Falih Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah Minister of Health; Majed Al-Qassabi Minister of Commerce and Investment; Muhammad Bantan Minister of Haj and Umrah. Dr. Mufrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani Minister of Labor and Social Development; Muhammad Al-Tuwaijri has been appointed as Deputy Minister of Economy and Planning.
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi was relieved from his position and was replaced by Khaled Al-Falih. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah was named minister of health, Majed Al-Qassabi minister of commerce, Solayman Al-Hamdan minister of transport, Muhammad Bantan minister of Haj & Umrah.
Former Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi, Sheikh Saad bin Nasser Al-Shathri, Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid, Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Mohammed were appointed advisers at the Royal Court (minister ranks) and Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz was appointed advisers at the Royal Court (excellent rank). Prince Torki bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer was named an adviser to the king with the rank of minister. Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Khalid as appointed to the Shura Council.