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The Saudi Council of Ministers (Arabic: مجلس الوزراء السعودي Majlis al-Wuzarā’ as-Su‘ūdī) is the Cabinet of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is led by the King who is Prime Minister. The Council consists of the Prime Minister, the Crown Prince, who is Deputy Prime Minister, the Second Deputy Prime Minister (who is second in the line of succession) and Cabinet ministers. Since 2005, there are 22 ministers with portfolio and seven ministers of state, two of whom have special responsibilities. All members of the Council are appointed by royal decree.
The Council of Ministers was established by King Abdul Aziz Al Saud in 1953. It is responsible for "drafting and overseeing the implementation of the internal, external, financial, economic, educational and defense policies, and general affairs of the state." Legislation must be ratified by royal decree and be found to be fully compatible with the kingdom's interpretation of Shari'a law. It meets every Monday and is chaired by the King in his capacity as Prime Minister or one of his deputies.
The present law governing the form and function of the Council of Ministers was issued by King Fahd in 1993/1414 AH. Among others, it stipulates that every member of the Council must be "a Saudi national by birth and descent; well-known for righteousness and capability;" and "not previously convicted for a crime of immorality or dishonor."
Members of the Council of Ministers
Saudi Council of Ministers Portfolio Minister Prime Minister King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of the Interior
Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Minister of Defence and General Aviation Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour bin Mutaib bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul-Aziz Al ash-Sheikh Minister of Education Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Angari Minister of Justice Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi Minister of Transport Dr. Jabara bin Eid Al-Suraiseri Minister of Trade and Industry Abdullah bin Ahmad Youssef Zainal Alireza Minister of Social Affairs Dr. Yusuf bin Ahmed'Uthaymeen Minister of Economy and Planning Khalid bin Muhammad Al-Qusaibi Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Rabiah Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohieddin Khoja Minister of Labor Adel Mohammad Fakeih Minister of Civil Service Dr. Muhammad bin Ali Al-Fayez Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Assaf Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Hussein Minister of Agriculture Fahd bin Abdul Rahman Minister of Hajj Dr. Fuad bin Abdul Salam Al-Farsi Minister of Communication and Information Technology Muhammad Jamil bin Ahmad Mulla Ministers of State Chief Cabinet Secretary Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Political Affairs Dr. Muttalib bin Abdullah Al-Nafisah Shura Affairs Dr. Saud bin Saeed Al-Met'hami Cabinet Affairs Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Khuwaiter Foreign Affairs Dr. Nizar bin Obaid Madani
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