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The Council of Ministers


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud



The Council of Ministers was established by King Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdul Rahman Al-Saud in 1953. It consists of the King who is the Prime Minister, the Crown Prince who is Deputy Prime Minister, the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet ministers. Under the bylaws announced by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud in September 1993, the Council is responsible for drafting and overseeing the implementation of the internal, external, financial, economic, educational and defense policies, and general affairs of the state. The Council meets weekly and is presided over by the King or one of his deputies. On August 2, 1995, King Fahd issued a Royal Decree dissolving the Council of Ministers and announcing the names of Ministers in the new Cabinet under his chairmanship. 

 


On June 16, 1999, royal decrees made changes in the cabinet, and created a 22nd ministry, the Ministry of Civil Service.

 
 HRH Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz Al- Saud

Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard: HRH Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud


Prince Abdullah has been Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister since June 1982. He was born in Riyadh in 1924 and received formal education from religious scholars and intellectuals. Prince Abdullah has commanded the Saudi National Guard since 1963.

 


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HRH Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

 

Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General: HRH Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

Prince Sultan has been Second Deputy Prime Minister since June 1982 and Minister of Defense and Aviation since 1962. He was born in Riyadh in 1928 and was educated at the Royal Court. His first post was Governor of Riyadh. In 1953, he became Minister of Agriculture, and in 1955 he assumed responsibility for the Ministry of Communications and oversaw the establishment of Saudi Arabia's first railway system.

 

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Minister of Housing and Public Works: HRH Prince Met'eb Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud Ministry of Municipality, Rural Affairs and Housing: HRH Prince Met'eb Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud


Born: 1931
Education: Studied religion, economics and politics.
Positions Held: Governor of Makkah; Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs; Deputy Minister of Defense and Aviation; Minister of Housing and Public Works since 1975.

 


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Minister of Interior: HRH Prince Naif Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud Minister of Interior: HRH Prince Naif Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud


Born: 1934
Education: Studied religion, diplomacy and security affairs.
Positions Held: Governor of Riyadh, 1953-54; Deputy Minister of the Interior; Minister of State for Internal Affairs, 1970; President, Supreme Council for Information; Minister of the Interior since 1975.

 

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HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud Minister of Foreign Affairs: HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud


Born: 1940
Education: B.A., Economics, Princeton University, 1964.
Positions Held: Deputy Governor of Petromin, 1970-71; Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, 1971; Minister of Foreign Affairs since 1975.

 

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  Minister of Agriculture : Dr. Fahd ibn Abdul Rahman Balghaneim


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  Minister of Civil Service: Muhammad Ibn Ali Al-Fayez

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Positions held: Minister of Civil Service since 1999, when the Ministry was created.

 


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  Minister of Commerce and Industry: Dr. Dr Hashim bin Abdullah bin Hashim Al-Yamani

Born:
Education: Ph.D., Physics, Harvard University, 1974.
Positions Held: Professor, Physics Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Chairman, Physics Department; Vice-President, King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology; Director, Department of Energy Resources, Research Institute, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals; Minister of Industry and Electricity since 1995.


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  Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology : Muhammad ibn Jameel Mulla


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Dr. Muhammad Bin Ahmed Al-Rasheed Minister of Education: Dr. Muhammad Bin Ahmed Al-Rasheed


Born: 1944
Education: Ph.D., Higher Education Management, University of Oklahoma, USA, 1972; M.Sc., Personnel Management, University of Indiana, USA, 1969; B.A., Arabic Language, Al-Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, 1964.
Positions Held: Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Sharia and Islamic Studies, King Saud University, 1964-65; Assistant Professor, 1972-79; Associate Professor, 1979-89; Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, 1974-76; Dean, Faculty of Education, King Saud University, 1976-79; General Director, Arab Education Office, Gulf Co-operation Council, 1979-88; Founder of the Gulf University, Bahrain, 1979-88; Minister of Education since 1995.

 

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  Minister of Finance and National Economy: Dr. Ibrahim Bin Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al-Assaf


Born: 1949
Education: BA in Economics and Political Science, King Saud University, Riyadh; MA in Economics, Denver University, Colorado, USA; Ph.D. in Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.
Positions Held: Lecturer in principles of economics 1971-1982, then associate professor of economics and head of the Department of Administrative Sciences 1982-1986 at King Abdul Aziz Military College in Riyadh; guest lecturer 1982-1983 at the College of Command and Staff; part-time advisor to the Saudi Development Fund 1982-1986; alternate Saudi executive director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) 1986-1989; Saudi executive director on the executive board of the World Bank Group 1989-1995; vice-governor of the Saudi Monetary Agency June to October 1995; Minister of State and Member of the Council of Ministers October 1995 to January 1996; Minister of Finance and National Economy since January 1996.

 

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  Minister of Health: Dr. Hamad ibn Abdullah Al-Manie


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Positions Held: Minister of Health since 2003.

 

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Minister of Higher Education: Dr. Khalid Al-Angary Minister of Higher Education: Dr. Khalid Al-Angary


Born: 1952
Education: Ph.D., Geography, University of Florida, 1981.
Positions Held: Assistant Professor, King Saud University, 1981-83; Deputy Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, 1983-84; Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, 1990; Minister of Higher Education since 1991.

 

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Dr. Fouad Bin Abdul Salaam Bin Muhammad Farsi Minister of Culture and Information: Dr. Fouad Bin Abdul Salaam Bin Muhammad Farsi


Born: 1946
Education: M.A. Political Science, Portland University, USA, 1971; Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University, USA, 1976.
Positions Held: Assistant Professor, King Saud University, 1976; Assistant Deputy Minister of Industry, 1977; Deputy Minister of Industry, 1979; Deputy Minister of Information, 1980; Minister of Information since 1995.

 

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  Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance: Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Azizbin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh


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Positions Held: Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance since 1999.

 

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Minister of Justice: Dr. Abdullah Bin Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Al-Ashaikh Minister of Justice: Dr. Abdullah Bin Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Al-Ashaikh


Born: 1949
Education: B.A., Shari'ah College, Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University, 1975; M.A., Al-Azhar University, Cairo, 1980; Ph.D., Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University, 1987.
Positions Held: Dean, Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University, 1975; Assistant Professor, 1988; Minister of Justice since 1992.

 

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  Minister of Labor and Social Affairs: Dr. Ali Ibn Ibrahim Al-Namlah


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Positions Held: Minister of Labor and Social Affairs since 1999.

 

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  Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs: Dr. Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Al-Jarallah


Born: 1944
Education: Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Michigan State University, USA, 1978; M.Sc., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, USA, 1974; B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Riyadh University, 1972.
Positions Held: Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Engineering, King Saud University; Director of Projects, Faculty of Engineering, King Saud University; Staff member, Faculty of Engineering, King Saud University; General Manager, Saudi Real Estate Fund; Member of the Board of Directors, Saudi Development Fund; Member of the Saudi-British Joint Committee; Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs since 1995.

 

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  Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources: Ali Bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi


Born: 1935
Education: B.Sc., Geology, LeHigh University, USA; M.Sc. Geology, Stanford University, USA.
Positions Held: Joined ARAMCO in 1947; Supervisor, Production Department, Abqaiq, 1969; Assistant Director, then Director of Production, Northern Province, 1972-75; Vice-president, Production Affairs, 1975; Vice-president, Petroleum Affairs, 1978; Member, Board of Directors, 1980; Executive Vice-President, Oil and Gas Affairs, 1981; President, Saudi Aramco, 1983; Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources since 1995.

 

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  Minister of Pilgrimage: Iyad Ibn Ameen Madani


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Positions Held: Minister of Pilgrimage since 1999.

 


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  Minister of Planning: Khalid Ibn Muhammad Al-Qusaibi


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Positions Held: Minister of Planning since 1999.

 

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  Minister of Posts, Telegraphs and Telephones: Dr. Ali Bin Talal Al-Juhani


Born: 1945
Education: Ph.D., Economics, University of California, 1977; M.Sc. in Mathematical Economics, USA, 1973; B.Sc. in Business Administration, USA, 1970.
Positions Held: Economic Researcher, Ministry of Planning; Assistant Analyst to the Director of Budget, Bank of America, Saudi Arabia; Lecturer, Princeton University, USA; Assistant Professor, King Fahd University, 1978; Dean, Department of Industrial Management, King Fahd University, 1980; Secretary General, The Public Corporation For Military Industries, 1986; Minister of Posts, Telegraphs and Telephones since 1995.

 

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Ministers of State

 
HRH Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz (appointed 05/12/98);

Dr. Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al-Khuweiter;

Dr. Muttlab Bin Abdullah Al-Nafissa;

Abdullah ibn Ahmad Zainal;

Dr. Musaid Bin Muhammad Al-Eiban;

 

Consultative Council | Ministerial Addresses 
 Sources: Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

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 Updated on:08 May 2003