King Abdullah made the first major government reshuffle since he ascended the throne in 2005 on February 15. He appointed four new ministers, three deputy ministers, a new central bank governor, and a new Shoura Council chairman. Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed replaces Abdullah al-Obaid as Education Minister. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Rabeeah replaces Hamad bin Abdullah al-Manie as Health Minister. Mohammed bin Abdul Kareem replaced Justice Minister Abdullah al-Sheikh, who was in turn appointed Chairman of the Shoura Council. Former Chairman Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid was appointed Chairman of the Supreme Judiciary Council. The new ministers were sworn in on February 16 and will assume their posts on February 28. These changes are expected to speed up the judicial and education reform programs.
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