Qatar enlarges cabinet as second woman enters line-up



Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani keeps his posts as prime minister and foreign minister while the key energy, economy and interior portfolios also remain unchanged, according to a decree published by state news agency QNA.

The new ministries decreed by Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, ruler of the energy-rich Gulf state, were environment, social affairs, international cooperation and culture.

The health ministry which had been demoted to a government agency was reinstated and allocated to a woman member of the ruling family, Sheikha Ghalia bin Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani.

Sheikha Ghalia becomes the second woman in the government alongside Education Minister Sheikha bint Ahmad al-Mahmud.

Yussef Hussein Kamal retained his post as finance and economy minister but his position as commerce minister went to Sheikh Fahd bin Jassem bin Mohammed al-Thani.

Qatar last reshuffled the government in April 2007 when the emir appointed Sheikh Hamad as prime minister to replace Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani, the ruler’s half-brother who resigned.



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