First Published: 2005-01-10

Bahrain cabinet reshuffle expected this week

Changes will occur in information and finance portfolios, while justice and Islamic affairs will have one minister.


Middle East Online

Al-Hamr is to be named information advisor to King Hamad

MANAMA - A partial cabinet reshuffle in Bahrain is expected to be announced Tuesday or Wednesday, marked by changes in the information and finance portfolios, an official said on Monday.

Information Minister Nabil al-Hamr is to be named information advisor to King Hamad, a post he occupied before becoming information minister in April 2001, said the official, requesting anonymity.

The state minister for foreign affairs, Mohammed Abdel Ghaffar Abdullah, is expected to become the next information minister.

The governor of Bahrain's central bank, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Khalifa, will be named minister of finance and national economy, replacing Abdullah Hassan Seif, who will in turn become economic advisor to the prime minister.

Prominent banker Murad Ali Murad will replace Sheikh Ahmed as governor of the central bank, which is known as the Bahrain Monetary Agency but will officially be referred to as "central bank", the official said.

Minister of municipalities and agriculture, Mohammed Ali Sitri, is to be named minister of justice and Islamic affairs, which will be merged, the official added.


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