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Saudi Royal Decree Forms 3 New Ministries, Merges 2 Others


RIYADH, FEB 25  — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques king Salman bin Abdulaziz issued on Tuesday a series of Royal Decrees that formed three new ministries and merged two others.


King Salman relieved Media Minister Turki al-Shabanah, Civil Service Minister Sulaiman bin Abdullah al-Hamdan and governor of the General Investment Authority Ibrahim bin Abdulrahman al-Omar of their posts.


He ordered that Dr. Majed bin Abdullah al-Qasabi will continue to serve as Trade Minister and will also become Minister of Media.


Majed bin Abdullah bin Hamad al-Haqil will continue to serve as Minister of Housing and also serve as Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs.


King Salman ordered that the Civil Service Ministry be merged with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development. It will now be known as the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.


The General Investment Authority will be transformed into a ministry, called the Ministry of Investment, with Khalid al-Falih as its minister.


King Salman ordered that the General Sport Authority would be transformed into the Sports Ministry. Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal was appointed as Sports Minister.


In another decree, King Salman ordered that the Commission for Tourism and National Heritage would be transformed into the tourism ministry, with Ahmed al-Khatib as its minister.

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