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 Municipal and Rural Affairs Mansour bin Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Suleiman bin Abdullah Aba Al Khail
Minister of Education Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud
Minister of Higher Education Khalid bin Abdullah Al Sabti
Minister of Justice Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa
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 Soliman bin Saad Al Humayyd
Minister of Economy and Planning Muhammad Al Jasser
Minister of Health Mohammed bin Ali bin Hiazaa Al Hiazaa
Minister of Culture and Information Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Khudairi
Minister of Labor Adel bin Mohammad Fakeih
Minister of Civil Service Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al Barrak
Minister of Finance Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al Assaf
Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al Hussein
Minister of Agriculture Waleed bin Abdulkarim Elkhereiji
Minister of Hajj Bandar Al Hajjar
Minister of Housing Shwaish bin Saud AlDhwaihy
Minister of Communication and Information Technology Fahad bin Matad Al Hamad
Minister of State Motleb bin Abdullah Al-Nafisah

Minister of State Musaad bin Mohammed Al Aiban
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani

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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