8th February 2005 - Cabinet reshuffle affects four ministries


In a limited reshuffle of the Council of Ministers, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz 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. Mohammed bin Ahmed Alrasheed was relieved of his post as Minister of Education at his request and was replaced by Dr. Abdullah bin Salih Obeid; and Dr. Ali bin Ibrahim Alnamlah, was also relieved of his post at his request as Minister of Social Affairs and was replaced by Dr. Abdulmohsin bin Abdulaziz Al-Akkas.


Meanwhile, Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al Farsy, the Minister of Culture and Information, and Iyad bin Ameen Madani, the Minister of Hajj, exchanged their posts according to the royal order. The order relieved each of them of his post and appointed him to assume another ministerial portfolio.


The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Premier and Commander of the National Guard, thanked Dr. Mohammed bin Ahmed Alrasheed and Dr. Ali bin Ibrahim Alnamlah for the efforts they have exerted during assuming office in their ministerial positions, wishing them all the best.


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-Baraheem, 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.

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