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Bahrain to replace oil ministry with energy commission

A new foreign minister and abolishment of the Ministry of Oil will be the feature of a minor cabinet reshuffle, expected to take place in Bahrain in a few days, sources said yesterday. Bahrain's ambassador to Britain, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, is likely to be appointed as the foreign affairs minister, sources told Gulf News. The incumbent, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, will retain his position as deputy prime minister.

The sources said the Ministry of Oil will be replaced with an energy commission to be headed by the current State Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Dr Abdul Hussain Mirza, who has 40 years of experience at Bahrain Petroleum Company. The president of the Central Informatics Organisation, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Atiyatallah Al Khalifa, will replace Mirza. If confirmed, the appointment of Shaikh Khalid as foreign minister will mark his cabinet debut.

The other ministries will not be affected by the revamp which is expected this week, the sources said. "It will be limited one and will be followed by a major reshuffle early next year," the sources added. Talks about scrapping the Ministry of Labour and the merging of Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the Ministry of Justice into a larger ministry were dismissed as "speculations".

Source: Gulf News

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