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Saudi Arabia: Royal Orders, Appointments, Changes in Some Ministries, Agencies

The Saudi monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, issued royal orders, including annexing the Ministry of “Housing” to the Ministry of “Municipal and Rural Affairs,” and amending its name to be “Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing.”

Other royal orders included the appointment of Majid bin Abdullah bin Hamad al-Hogail as Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing.

A royal order was also issued requiring that the expert committee of the Saudi Council of Ministers, within a period not exceeding three months from its date, “complete the necessary legal procedures to enforce the requirements of our order, including the transfer and specification of the functions, equipment, employees, jobs, properties, items and appropriations.

 The expert committee should also “review the laws, regulations, orders, royal decrees, decisions and others that have been affected by what is stated in this order and propose what is necessary in their regard, in order to complete the necessary legal procedures.”

Dr. Ahmed bin Abdul Karim al-Khulaifi, governor of the Saudi Central Bank, was also removed from his post, and Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah bin Abdul Latif al-Mubarak was appointed governor of the Saudi Central Bank at the rank of minister.