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Bahrain’s king orders cupboard reshuffle, names new oil minister—state media


Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa speaks through the Gulf Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 14, 2021. Bandar Saudi Press Company/Handout through REUTERS 

CAIRO — Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa ordered a cupboard reshuffle on Monday that included appointing a brand new oil minister, state media reported.

Mohammed bin Mubarak Bin Dainah, who was the nation’s envoy for local weather affairs, was named minister of oil and surroundings, changing Oil Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

The reshuffle included appointing Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa as deputy prime minister and minister of infrastructure, Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani as trade and commerce minister and Fatima bint Jaafer al Sairafi as tourism minister.

Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa stated the reshuffle “will deliver new concepts and a renewed drive to proceed advancing the general public sector,” the state information company (BNA) quoted him as saying on Monday.

“The reshuffle, the most important within the nation’s historical past, has resulted in a change of 17 out of twenty-two ministers, with the introduction of a big proportion of younger ministers, together with 4 females”, a authorities spokesperson stated.

Bahrain, a small non-OPEC oil producer, is among the area’s most indebted nations, with its bonds rated “junk”. Gulf allies helped it avert a credit score crunch in 2018 with a $10 billion assist bundle. Rankings companies Fitch and Moody’s have stated Bahrain would possible want extra financing from Gulf neighbors.

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