Oman: government revamped by Sultan Haitham

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Revamped foreign minister role given to Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi taking over from veteran Yusuf bin Alawi

Aug 18, 2020

August 18, 2020

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The Sultan of Oman has restructured the government in a series of decrees made on Tuesday.

Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, who came to power in January after the death of long-time ruler Sultan Qaboos, issued 28 royal decrees, creating new ministries and renaming or merging others.

Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud Al Busaidi becomes foreign minister, taking over from Yusuf bin Alawi the veteran minister who had served in the brief since 1997. Sultan bin Salem bin Saeed al-Habsi becomes finance minister.

The roles were also adjusted from previously being ministers responsible for foreign affairs and for financial affairs, with their portfolios no longer directly overseen by the Sultan.

The country will see a number of new ministries, including a Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology.

Other departments were merged, including the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Legal Affairs under the new title of the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries was changed to the Ministry of Agricultural, Fisheries and Water Resources.

Sultan Haitham has gradually made changes since his leadership began, but Tuesday's are the most significant yet.

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Updated: August 18, 2020 04:59 PM

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