Cabinet reshuffle in Saudi Arabia

Ahram Online , Monday 6 Mar 2023

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has announced a cabinet reshuffle, according to a report by the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.

Salman Al-Dosari
File Photo: Saudi journalist Salman Al-Dosari.

Salman Al-Dosari, the newly appointed minister of media has previously served as an advisor to the Royal Court and as the CEO of the Saudi Press Agency, as well as holding several other high-profile positions in media and communications.

Ibrahim bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Sultan, the new minister of state, has a background in finance and economics. He previously worked at JPMorgan Chase and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, and has also served as an advisor to the Minister of Economy and Planning. He is expected to play a key role in the country's economic development efforts.

Hammoud bin Badah Al-Muraikhi, the new advisor at the Royal Court, is a well-known figure in Saudi Arabia's business community. He has served as the CEO of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund, and has also held several other prominent positions in the private sector.

Lieutenant General Mohammed bin Amer bin Mohammed Al-Harbi, the new deputy chief of the General Intelligence Presidency, has a background in military and security affairs. He previously served as the commander of the Saudi Special Forces, and has also held several other high-ranking positions in the military.

Rakan bin Ibrahim Al-Touq has been named as assistant to the minister of culture, while Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Harkan has been appointed governor of the State Properties General Authority. Ismail bin Saeed bin Ali Al-Ghamdi has been appointed as assistant to the minister of human resources and social development for joint services.

These appointments come after a previous cabinet reshuffle on September 27, 2022, in which King Salman named his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as the new prime minister and appointed a new defense minister. The reshuffle was seen as a signal of a new phase of economic and social reforms led by the crown prince, who has been the driving force behind the Vision 2030 plan.

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