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Oman replaces oil minister in cabinet reshuffle

Omani oil Minister Mohammad bin Hamad bin Saif al-Rumhi attends the 20th World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in Doha on December 5, 2011. [KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images]
Omani oil Minister Mohammad bin Hamad bin Saif al-Rumhi attends the 20th World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in Doha on December 5, 2011. [KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images]

Oman's ruling sultan today replaced the Gulf Arab state's long-serving Oil Minister Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Rumhi with Salem Al-Aufi who was appointed to the post in a cabinet reshuffle announced on state television, Reuters reports.

Al-Rumhi had been oil minister for over two decades. Oman is not in the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries but is a member of the OPEC+ alliance of OPEC and non-OPEC nations.

Al-Aufi, whose appointment was the most notable change in the cabinet reshuffle, was previously undersecretary at the Ministry of Energy and Minerals.

Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said today also issued a decree establishing a higher justice council.

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