Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques issues royal orders appointing new ministers for industry, hajj, economy, planning and civil service

Minister of Defense Prince Salman selected as personality of Sudairi forum

Prince Salman: We live as one family in our country

Justice Minister: Saudi judicial system applies Islamic Sharia

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announced a Cabinet's mini reshuffle and appointed a number of senior officials in new posts.

In Royal Orders issued by the Royal Court and read on the Saudi Television tonight, the monarch relieved Dr. Fu'ad bin Abdulsalam Farsi of his post as Minister of Hajj, replacing him by Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Asaad Hajjar who quit his job as Deputy Speaker of the Shoura Council while the post went to Dr. Mohammed bin Ameen bin Ahmed Al-Jeffery in the rank of Minister.

Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Qusaibi was relieved of his post as Minister of Economy and Planning, replaced by Dr. Mohammed bin Sulaiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser who was relieved of his post as Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) who left the post for Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah bin Abdullatif Al-Mubarak in the rank of Minister.

Mohammed bin Ali Al-Fayez was relieved of his post as Minister of Civil Service, replaced by Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Albarak who quit his current post as Assistant Speaker of the Shoura Council which was filled by Dr. Fihad bin Mu'tad bin Shafaq Al-Hamad in the excellent rank.

Abdullah bin Ahmed Zenel Ali Redha left the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with the portfolio taken by Dr. Tawfeeq bin Faozan bin Mohammed Al-Rabee'a.

On the other hand, the monarch also relieved Faisal bin Abdulrahman Al-Muammar of his post as Deputy Minister of Education which went to Dr. Khalid bin Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Sabti in the rank of Minister.

Bin Muammar was transferred to the post of Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Secretary General of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue in the rank of Minister.

The monarch also appointed Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed bin Hamad Al Al-Sheikh as Deputy Minister of Education for Boys Affairs in the excellent rank, and Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Ibrahim as Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation in the excellent rank.

All the above changes and appointments will go into force with immediate effect, according to the statement.

King Abdullah also issued a royal decree, appointing 26 judges at the Ministry of Justice.

In a statement, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulakreem Al-Isa, Minister of Justice, said that this royal came with the framework of the continuous support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques of judiciary.

Meanwhile, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense, graced the 5th Forum of Abdulrahman bin Ahmed Al-Sudairi for Saudi Studies.

Upon arrival at the venue, Prince Salman was received by Prince Mohammed bin Saad bin Abdulaziz, Acting Governor of Riyadh Region, and a number of princes.

A speech ceremony was held on this occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Shubaili delivered the speech of the Forum's Commission in which he announced that the Commission has selected Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense, as a distinguished personality in the field of local governance and development in recognition of his great contributions in this regard.

Addressing the Ceremony, Prince Salman expressed his pleasure to attend the Forum, adding, 'Whatever I have accomplished for my homeland, this is in implementation of the directives of the Saudi Kings since the era of late King Abdulaziz'.

He praised Allah Almighty saying that 'We live in security, peace, and cooperation as one family in this homeland.'

Prince Salman also inaugurated a book entitled 'Salman'' about his biography and achievements issued by Heritage Charitable Foundation.

The preface of the book was written by Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior.

The ceremony was attended by Prince Dr. Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Prince Sattam bin Saud bin Abdulaziz; Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, and a number of princes, ministers and officials.

Meanwhile, Minister of Justice Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkareem Al-Isa met at his office in Riyadh with Chief of the European Commission's Delegation Luigi Narbone and a number of ambassadors of the European Union member countries accredited to the Kingdom.

During the meeting, the minister briefed them on the basics of judicial system in the Kingdom, including ways of investigation, filing of suits, pleading, litigation, hearing, defending, ruling and appealing, which he said were based on the Islamic Sharia law and other procedural regulations that follow the latest principles of judiciary in the world.

He also briefed them on the main aspects of King Abdullah project and achievements to develop the judiciary.