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The fate of the exempted ministers from the Saudi government

The Supreme power to rule the kingdom is headed by King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and his two deputies, Crown Prince and Crown Crown Prince

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Ever since Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz took the reins of the country, the government witnessed many ministerial movements varied between nominations and exemptions. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf was dispensed from his post as finance minister, Mohammed Jadaan was appointed instead, ending the era of veteran ministers who have served with many monarchs and kept their posts, despite the series of ministerial changes, which were conducted since King Salman came to power in January 2015.

The Saudi cabinet consists of 20 ministers, in addition to state ministers. The Supreme power to rule the kingdom is headed by King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and his two deputies, Crown Prince and Crown Crown Prince. The system of government states that the appointment of ministers and their exemption is a royal matter, while a body of Presidium of the Council of Ministers, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, and an expert panel can endorse some names.

Several ministerial appointments and exemptions have been conducted during the year 2016, but the Ministry of Health experienced the wind of change with three different ministers since January 2015, while the Ministry of Finance is considered the most stable until last November. Fives ministries experienced adjustments in their names, which are the ministries of agriculture, commerce, oil, Islamic Affairs and Hajj and Umrah. The Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs were merged in one body, as well as the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The fate of the ministers exempted

The perception may be that the exempted ministers may relinquish from public affairs, while in fact many of them turn to work with governmental, academic and international institutions. Former Justice Minister Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa holds the position of Secretary General of the Muslim world League. Dr. Bandar Hajjar, former Minister of Hajj and Umrah is now the President of the Islamic Development Bank Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, the former finance minister, is currently the Minister of State, Dr. Abdul Aziz Khoja, former Minister of Culture and Media, is currently working as an ambassador to Saudi Arabia in Morocco, and Ahmed al-Khatib, former health minister, has become president of the General Authority for entertainment.