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 2015, there are 23 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 Since
Prime Minister King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 2015
First Deputy Prime Minister Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 2015
Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Mohammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 2015
Minister of Foreign Affairs Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 1975
Minister of Defense Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud 2015
Minister of the National Guard Mutaib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 2013
Minister of State Mansour bin Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 2015
Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Ash-Shaikh 2015
Minister of Education Azzam bin Mohammad Al Dakheel 2015
Minister of Justice Waleed bin Mohammad Al Samaani 2015
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali bin Ibrahim Al Naimi 1995
Minister of Transport Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al Muqbel 2014
Minister of Commerce and Industry Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al Rabiah 2012
Minister of Social Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi 2015
Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammad bin Sulaiman Al Jasser 2011
Minister of Health Ahmed bin Aqeel Al Khateeb 2015
Minister of Culture and Information Adel bin Zaid Al Toraifi 2015
Minister of Labor Adel bin Mohammad Fakeih 2010
Minister of Civil Service Khalid bin Abdullah Al Arj 2015
Minister of Finance Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al Assaf 1996
Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al Hussein 2004
Minister of Agriculture Abdulrahman bin Abdulmuhsen Al Fadhly 2015
Minister of Hajj Bandar bin Mohammad Al Hajjar 2011
Minister of Housing Shwaish bin Saud AlDhwaihy 2011
Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mohamed bin Ibrahim Al Sowail 2015
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik Al Shaikh 2015
Minister of State Motleb bin Abdullah Al-Nafisah 1995
Minister of State Mohammad bin Faisal Abu Saq 2014
Minister of State Essam bin Saad bin Saeed 2015
Minister of State Saad bin Khalid Al Jabry 2015
Minister of State Mohammad bin Abdulmalik Al Shaikh 2015
Minister of State Musaad bin Mohammed Al Aiban 1995

The Royal Councils[edit]

Ostensibly to streamline the workings of government and cut the Crown Prince from as much active participation as possible, King Salmon has set up two Royal Councils: The Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA) under the chairmanship of Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, and the Council of Political and Security Affairs (CPSA), under the tutailage of the Deputy Crown Prince.

The membership of the PSA is composed of nine individuals, while the CEDA boasted a 22-member roster that, naturally, required a Secretariat. That task was entrusted to the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, who in early 2015 was Abdulrahman bin Mohammad Al-Sadhan, who is the highest ranking commoner in the government.[4]

See also[edit]

References[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. 
  4. ^ http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/saudi-king-s-son-on-fast-track-to-power-1.1458739

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