King Abdullah Appoints New Ministers

On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah issued a number of measures appointing four new cabinet ministers. Notably, King Abdullah appointed Dr. Tawfiq Bin Mohammed Al-Rabiah to the position of Minister of Commerce and Industry, succeeding H.E. Abdullah Zainel Alireza who had served since 2008. His Majesty also appointed H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al-Jasser as Minister of Economy and Planning, succeeding H.E. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Gosaibi. Dr. Al-Jasser has previously served as Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA).

Other appointments included Dr. Bandar Bin Mohammed Haggar, former Vice Chairman of the Shura Council, as Minister of Hajj. He succeeds H.E. Dr. Fouad Bin Abdulsalaam Al-Farsi and will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating the world's largest annual religious gathering.

A fourth minister, H.E. Mohammed Bin Ali Al-Fayiz of the Ministry of Civil Service, transferred his responsibilities to H.E. Dr. Abdul Rahman Bin Abdullah Al-Barrak, who had previously served as the Assistant Chairman of the Shura Council.

In other moves, H.E. Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Al Muammar was appointed as a consultant to King Abdullah and the Secretary General of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue. H.E. Dr. Khaled Bin Abdullah Al-Sabti will succeed him as Deputy Minister for Education. Also appointed to the Ministry of Education was Dr. Hamad Bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh in the position of Deputy Minister for Boys’ Affairs.

In order to fill the vacant position of new appointees, King Abdullah also appointed Dr. Fahd Al-Mubarak to Governor of SAMA, Dr. Mohammed Bin Ahmed Jafri to Vice Chairman of the Shura Council, and Dr. Fahad bin Matad Al-Hamad to Assistant Chairman of the Shura Council.

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