King Salman reshuffles cabinet, reinstates public bonuses
Manama: King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has changed three ministers in a restricted cupboard reshuffle.
In a collection of bulletins made late on Saturday, King Salman reinstated all allowances, monetary advantages and bonuses to public staff and army workers that had been eliminated in September as a part of austerity measures, and ordered a two-month wage bonus for forces preventing on the frontline in Yemen.
The king who got here to energy in January 2015 following the loss of life of King Abdullah additionally eliminated and appointed ministers, emirs, deputy emirs and senior state officers.
Info and Cultural Minister Adel Al Toraifi was changed by Awwad Bin Al Awwad, the ambassador to Germany, and Telecommunications and IT Minister Mohammad Al Suwaiyel was changed by Abdullah Bin Amer Al Sawaha.
Civil Service Minister Khalid Al Arj was faraway from his place and shall be investigated by a particular committee over reported irregularities. Saudi reviews stated that the previous minister had appointed his son, a highschool graduate, to a senior place inside the ministry with a month-to-month wage of greater than 21,000 Saudi Riyals.
The case towards Al Arj was launched after a Saudi citizen reported the appointment on social media and took it to the nationwide anti-corruption watchdog. Essam Bin Saeed shall be accountable for the ministry
Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Salman was appointed minister of state for power affairs and Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammad because the secretary basic of the Council of Ministers.
5 new deputy ministers had been additionally named: Abdul Rahman Al Aasimi in schooling, Majed Al Bawardi in commerce and funding, Tariq Al Faris in municipal and rural affairs, Mansour Al Anzi in surroundings, water and agriculture and Saad Bin Abdul Aziz in transport.
The king additionally changed the ambassador to the US, Prince Abdullah Bin Faisal Bin Turki, who served within the put up for simply over a 12 months, with Prince Khalid Bin Salman, an air power pilot.
The royal decrees additionally appointed Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Saad as Emir of Hail, changing Prince Saud Bin Abdul Mohsen who was named as particular adviser on the Royal Court docket, Prince Hossam Bin Saud as the brand new emir of Al Baha, changing Prince Mushari Bin Saud, and Prince Faisal Bin Khalid Bin Sultan because the emir of the Northern Border Province, taking on from Prince Mishal Bin Abdullah Bin Musaed.
King Salman additionally appointed as deputy emirs Prince Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman in Riyadh, Prince Abdullah Bin Bandar in Makkah, Prince Saud Bin Khalid Bin Faisal in Madinah, Prince Mohammad Bin Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Aziz in Jazan, Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin in Asir, Prince Fahad Bin Turki in Al Qassim and Prince Turki Bin Hadloul in Najran. Ahmad Bin Abdullah was named governor of Diriyah.
Mohammad Abdul Malik Al Shaikh was named chairman of the Common Authority of Sports activities, taking on from Prince Abdullah Bin Musaid Al Shaikh.
The pinnacle of the military, Lt. Gen. Eid Al Shalwi, was eliminated and named as advisor to the protection minister. He was changed by Fahad bin Turki. Spokesman of the Coalition Forces Ahmad Asiri was appointed deputy head of the Common Intelligence.
A Nationwide Safety Centre was linked to the royal court docket was arrange.
King Salman additionally ordered that every one college exams be held this 12 months earlier than the beginning of the sacred month of Ramadan, anticipated on Might 26, relying on the sighting of the moon.
All bodily in a position Muslims are required to abstain from foods and drinks from dawn till sundown all through the month.
A number of college students have been calling for bringing ahead the tip of the 12 months exams to keep away from sitting for them throughout Ramadan. Nevertheless, the ministry of schooling has resisted the decision, arguing that college students wanted to have the ability to sit for exams below all circumstances.