Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Cabinet of Saudi Arabia)
Jump to: navigation, search
Coat of arms of Saudi Arabia.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Saudi Arabia
Basic Law
Foreign relations

The Saudi Council of Ministers (Arabic: مجلس الوزراء السعودي‎‎ Majlis 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]

In the early hours of April 29th 2015, King Salman issued 25 royal decrees which included a cabinet reshuffle. This included the removal of Crown Prince Muqrin from his post and the placement of Prince Muhammed bin Nayef in his place, Prince Muhammed bin Salman is appointed First Deputy Crown Prince.[4][5]

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 and Minister of Interior Mohammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 2015
Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 2015
Minister of the National Guard Mutaib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 2013
Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir 2015
Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Ash-Shaikh 2015
Minister of Education Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa 2015
Minister of Justice Waleed bin Mohammad Al Samaani 2015
Minister of Energy, Industry and Natural Resources Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Falih 2016
Minister of Transport Suleiman Al Hamdan 2016
Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi 2016
Minister of Economy and Planning Adel bin Mohammad Fakeih 2015
Minister of Health Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al Rabiah 2016
Minister of Culture and Information Adel bin Zaid Al Toraifi 2015
Minister of Civil Service Khalid bin Abdullah Al Araj 2015
Minister of Finance Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al Assaf 1996
Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdurrahman Abdul Mohsen Al-Fadli 2016
Minister of Hajj and Umra Muhammad Saleh Benten 2016
Minister of Housing Majed bin Abdullah Al Hogail 2015
Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mohamed bin Ibrahim Al Suwaiyel 2015
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik Al AsShaikh 2015
Minister of State Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Saud 2015
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani 1997
Minister of State Muttlab bin Abdullah Al Nafissa 1995
Minister of State for Shura Affairs 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 AsShaikh 2015
Minister of State Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al Eissa 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 Salman 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.[6]

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. 
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^

External links[edit]