SHAKE UP IN THE CABINET
The Emiri Diwan announced major changes in a number of ministry portfolios which sees many of the old guard being replaced with newer faces and the consolidation of several ministries in order to streamline operations. It has been nearly two and a half years since the old cabinet was sworn in.
The most prominent change was the transfer of the Foreign Ministry portfolio to HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. The former minister HE Dr Khalid Al Attiyah is now the Minister of State for Defense Affairs, a position formerly held by Maj. Gen. Hamad bin Ali Al Attiyah. HE Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali has been given the post of Minister of Culture and Sports (combining the ministries of Culture, Arts and Heritage, and Youth and Sports). Managing Director of Hamad Medical Corporation HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari has taken over as the Minister of Public Health, replacing HE Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani; HE Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti who was previously the Minister of Transport has now been asked to head a consolidated Ministry of Transport and Communications. The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has been combined with the Ministry of Administrative Development, to be headed by HE Dr Issa Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi; HE Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi has been appointed the Minister of Municipality and Environment, also a new ministry. The other ministeries remain unchanged.
HH THE EMIR swears in new ministers PICTURE COURTESY: QATAR NEWS AGENCY