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Qatar ruler reshuffles cabinet

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attends the 41st Summit of Gulf Cooperation Council in AlUla, Saudi Arabia on 5 January 2021. [Royal Council of Saudi Arabia - Anadolu Agency]
Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani in Alula, Saudi Arabia on 5 January 2021 [Royal Council of Saudi Arabia/Anadolu Agency]

Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, on Tuesday ordered a cabinet reshuffle that included the creation of an environment and climate change ministry, Anadolu News Agency, reporting.

The line-up saw the appointment of Ali bin Ahmad Al-Kawari as finance minister, a role he held in an acting capacity since May.

Two women were appointed to lead the ministries of education and social development, joining Health Minister, Hanan Mohamed Al-Kuwari, who had been the only woman in the cabinet.

Lieutenant General, Salem bin Hamad, was also appointed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, replacing Ghanem bin Shaheen Al-Ghanim, who was given the ministry of endowments.

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The cabinet reshuffle also saw the appointment of Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani as minister of environment and climate change, while there was no change in the foreign affairs, defence, health, and justice portfolios.

Prime Minister Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz retained the interior ministry in the reshuffle, which came more than two weeks after the country's first legislative elections.

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