Bahrain announces largely unchanged government

November 2, 2010

Bahrain on Tuesday announced a largely unchanged government, with most ministers keeping their portfolios and only one minister making his debut.

The outgoing government resigned on Sunday under a constitution article that stipulates that the cabinet present its resignation following the quadrennial parliamentary elections.

Bahrainis voted over two rounds on October 23 and October 30 to elect lawmakers to the 40-seat lower chamber and the government resigned on October 31.

King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa asked Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa to form the new cabinet for the next four years.

In the limited reshuffle, only Isam Khalaf, the undersecretary for works, made his debut as minister, replacing Fahmi Al Jowder, who was given the water and electricity portfolio.

Mohammad Al Mutawa, a former information and cabinet minister, was appointed state minister for follow-up.

Al Mutawa, the culture advisor to Prince Khalifa up to the formation of the new cabinet, was initially nominated to be the next Gulf Cooperation Council secretary general, but was replaced by Abdul Lateef Al Zayani following strong objection from Qatar.

Shaikh Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, a former housing minister, was promoted to deputy prime minister, alongside Shaikh Mohammad Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Shaikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, and Jawwad Salem Al Arayyedh.

The two women ministers, Fatima Al Beloushi and Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammad Al Khalifa, kept their respective social development and culture portfolios.

The ministry of municipality affairs and agriculture is re-named ministry of municipality affairs and urban planning, while the ministry of justice and Islamic affairs has become the ministry of justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments.

Following the elections of the 40 lawmakers and the formation of the new cabinet, all eyes will be on the Shura Council, the upper chamber of the parliament, whose 40 members are appointed by King Hamad.

Speculation is rife over the names amid expectations that the chamber would have 10 women, the same figure as in 2006 – 2010.

Bahrain’s government as of November 2, 2010:

Prime Minister: Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa

Deputy Prime Minister: Shaikh Mohammad Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa

Deputy Prime Minister:  Shaikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

Deputy Prime Minister:  Jawwad Bin Salem Al Arayyedh

Deputy Prime Minister:  Shaikh Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa

State Minister for Follow Up: Mohammad Bin Ebrahim Al Mutawa

State Minister for Defence: Shaikh Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa

Minister of Parliament Affairs: Abdul Aziz Bin Mohammad Al Fadhel

Minister of Interior: Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa

Minister of Industry and Commerce: Hassan Bin Abdullah Fakhroo

Minister of Electricity and Water: Fahmi Bin Ali Al Jowder

Minister of Housing: Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

Minister of Finance: Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Al Khalifa

Minister of Education: Majed Bin Ali Al Nuaimi

Minister of Labour: Majeed Bin Mohsen Al Alawi

Minister of Oil and Gas: Abdulhusain Bin Ali Mirza

Minister of Social Development: Fatima Al Beloushi

Minister of Cabinet Affairs: Shaikh Ahmad Bin Atiyatallah Al Khalifa

Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments: Shaikh Khalid Bin Ali Al Khalifa

Minister of State of Foreign Affairs: Nizar Bin Sadiq Al Baharna

Minister of Culture: Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammad Al Khalifa

Minister of Health: Faisal Bin Yagoob Al Hamer

Minister of Municipality Affairs and Urban Planning: Juma Bin Ahmad Al Kaabi

Minister of Works: Isam Bin Abdullah Khalaf



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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