Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia

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The Saudi Council of Ministers (Arabic: مجلس الوزراء السعوديMajlis al-Wuzarā’ as-Su‘ūdī) is the Cabinet of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is led by the King who is Prime Minister. The Council consists of the Prime Minister, the Crown Prince, who is First Deputy Prime Minister, and Cabinet ministers. Since 2005, there are 22 ministers with portfolio and seven ministers of state, two of whom have special responsibilities. All members of the Council are appointed by royal decree.[1]

The Council of Ministers was established by King Abdulaziz Al Saud in 1953. It is responsible for "drafting and overseeing the implementation of the internal, external, financial, economic, educational and defense policies, and general affairs of the state."[1] Legislation must be ratified by royal decree and be found to be fully compatible with the kingdom's interpretation of Shari'a law. It meets every Monday and is chaired by the King in his capacity as Prime Minister or one of his deputies.[2][3]

The present law governing the form and function of the Council of Ministers was issued by King Fahd in 1993/1414 AH.[1] Among others, it stipulates that every member of the Council must be "a Saudi national by birth and descent; well-known for righteousness and capability;" and "not previously convicted for a crime of immorality or dishonor."[1]

Members of the Council of Ministers[edit]

Saudi Council of Ministers[2]
Portfolio Minister
Prime Minister King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
First Deputy Prime Minister Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Minister of Foreign Affairs Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Minister of Defense Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud
Minister of the National Guard Mutaib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Minister of State Mansour bin Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Shaikh
Minister of Education Azzam bin Mohamed Al Dakheel
Minister of Justice Waleed bin Mohamed Al Samaani
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali bin Ibrahim Al Naimi
Minister of Transport Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al Muqbel
Minister of Commerce and Industry Tawfiq Al Rabiah
Minister of Social Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi
Minister of Economy and Planning Muhammad Al Jasser
Minister of Health Ahmed bin Aqeel Al Khateeb
Minister of Culture and Information Adel bin Zaid Al Turaifi
Minister of Labor Adel bin Mohammad Fakeih
Minister of Civil Service Khalid bin Abdullah Al Arj
Minister of Finance Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al Assaf
Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al Hussein
Minister of Agriculture Abdulrahman bin Abdulmuhsen Al Fadhly
Minister of Hajj Bandar Al Hajjar
Minister of Housing Shwaish bin Saud AlDhwaihy
Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mohamed bin Ibrahim Al Sowail
Minister of State Motleb bin Abdullah Al-Nafisah
Minister of State Mohamed bin Faisal Abu Saq
Minister of State Essam bin Saad bin Saeed
Minister of State Saad bin Khalid Al Jabry
Minister of State Mohamed bin Abdulmalik Al Shaikh
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik Al Shaikh

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Law of the Council of Ministers". Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Washington, DC. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Biographies of Ministers". Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Washington, DC. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Saudi Arabia Government". The Saudi Network. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 

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