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It was only last April that the long-standing Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah was abruptly replaced by Dr. Adel bin Mohammed Faqih (see Saudi Minister Of Health Replaced), presumably over his inability to get control over their growing MERS problem.
Today we’ve word of a massive reshuffling of Cabinet Ministers in Saudi Arabia that includes replacements for the Ministers of Health and Ministers of Agriculture . . . among others.
I’ll try to get some information of the new Minister of Health Dr. Muhammad Bin Ali Al-Hayazie, meanwhile here is the the bulletin from the Saudi Gazzette, then the individual announcements from the Saudi Press Agency.
Last updated: Monday, December 08, 2014 6:11 PM
RIYADH – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Monday appointed Muhammad Bin Ali Al-Hayazie as minister of health and Abdul Aziz Al-Khudairy as minister of culture and information. In a major Cabinet reshuffle, the King replaced six ministers and appointed nine new ministers.
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This report has now appeared from Middle East Online.
Hayazaa replaces Rabiah who was dismissed in April as concerns grew over kingdom's handling of MERS.
Middle East Online
RIYADH - King Abdullah named a new health minister Monday to lead the fight against the MERS virus that has cost more than 350 lives in Saudi Arabia, after his predecessor was sacked.
Mohammad bin Ali bin Hayazaa al-Hayazaa replaces Abdullah al-Rabiah who was dismissed in April as concerns grew over the kingdom's handling of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
Before Hayazaa's appointment as part of a cabinet reshuffle, Labour Minister Adel Fakieh had been serving as acting health minister.
During the tenure of Fakieh, who promised "transparency" over MERS, the World Health Organisation said a surge in MERS cases had receded but urged continued vigilance.
I’ll leave it to others more expert in the Saudi Government to speculate on the cause, and likely effects, of these developments.