New Ministers Present Robust Face of Saudi Cabinet in Riyadh

Published January 2nd, 2019 - 09:32 GMT
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (AFP/ File Photo)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (AFP/ File Photo)

King Salman swore in the new Cabinet ministers at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The ministers included Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd as minister of state; Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz as minister of national guard; Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Mubarak as minister of state; Dr. Hamad bin Al-Asheikh as minister of education and minister of information; and Turki Al-Shabanah as media minister.

Other officials were sworn in included Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz as governor of Asir, Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz as deputy governor of Makkah, and Prince Faisal bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz as governor of Al-Jouf.

Furthermore, King Salman presided over Tuesday afternoon’s Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace.

The king affirmed that the issuance of a number of royal decrees, which included the restructuring of the Cabinet and some government agencies and the appointment of a number of ministers and officials, stems from the keenness to continue the Kingdom’s development process, achieve the aspirations in the performance of the state’s institutions, and to raise the level of services provided to citizens and residents.

He also greeted the new ministers and wished all new officials success, while expressing his thanks to former officials for their efforts.

The Cabinet expressed its appreciation to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for emphasizing that economic and structural reforms in the national economy are moving steadily toward achieving the objectives of Vision 2030. These include diversifying the economy, achieving economic stability and financial sustainability, improving the efficiency of public finance management, stimulating the private sector, and working to improve the standard of living for citizens.

The Cabinet appreciated the royal decree that will allow the continuation of the disbursement of allowances for the monthly cost of living for civil and military personnel, pensions and the monthly allowance for social security beneficiaries, while continuing the increase in financial rewards for male and female students for one fiscal year, reflecting the keenness of King Salman to fulfill the needs of all Saudi citizens.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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