Ministerial changes

The king returned back to the kingdom healthy and strong after recuperating from an illness. We thank God for his successful recovery and welcome him back.

During his recuperation period he must have done some thinking about running the country better and the rumours abound since his return of reshuffling the cabinet some, some say in the next few days and most certainly before the reconvening of the parliament.

The names imbue some trust, if they were to be correct, and we shall see the disappearance of a number of faces who have been nothing but a heavy anchor around Bahrain’s throat.

In preparation for this pending announcement, it is said that a number of ministers who have been enjoying their holidays abroad have been ordered to cut their own recuperation periods short and come back to Bahrain. Of those who were out and ordered back are

  • Abdulla bin Salman Al-Khalifa (Minister of Electricity who was undoubtedly enjoying a summer uninterrupted by power cuts wherever he was),
  • Mohammed Abdulghaffar (Minister of Information),
  • Dr. Majeed Al-Alawi (Minister of Labour),
  • Dr. Nada Haffadh (Minister of Health),
  • Ahmed Attiyatallah,
  • Dr. Nezar Al-Baharna (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and
  • Dr. Fatima Al-Balooshi (Minister of Social Affairs).

The news suggests that the new positions will be rotated among old and new ministers thusly;

  • Dr. Mohammed Al-Ghatam as Minister of Electricity,
  • Nabeel Al-Hamar returns as the Minister of Information and Cabinet Affairs,
  • Hind Al-Khalifa will finally be promoted to be the Minister of Social Affairs,
  • Dr. Majeed Al-Alawi (moved to be Minister of Health from Minister of Labour),
  • Dr. Nezar Al-Baharna will become the Minister of Labour (he currently heads the Labour reform initiative)
  • and Haya Al-Khalifa returns from heading the United Nations to take up the position of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

So we finally get rid of some personalities who have been described as hindrances to development and progress and some who have also been described as Muslim Brotherhood stooges and all are replaced by what look like new dynamic leadership.

About time too.

Good to have you back your Majesty!

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  • finlandi
    2 September 2007

    “Dr. Mohammed Al-Ghatam as Minister of Electricity”

    is that the same guy that was Minister of Education 5 or 6 years ago?

    if so, then i see nothing but more blackouts for th future of Bahrain as i have met him before on two occasions and he showed nothing but incompetence and lack of any interest in any programs he was present at.. all he cared about then was the award he got for doing nothing more than showing up….

  • finlandi
    2 September 2007

    one more thing, this post didnt show on the RSS feed, and the other day two post were on the RSS feed but wernt on the page when accessed directly… just thought you might want to know about the Bug….

    2 September 2007

    might be good to reshuffle things, but are the right people being put in place? also, we need STRICTER POLICIES and full accountability for the ministers. If something screws up, its their heads on the line. They need to learn that they have a BIG responsibility to deal with here, which previously was ignored. Good move, lets hope for more.

  • mahmood
    2 September 2007

    Finlandi, the RSS feed only gets updated once an hour I think, and that is totally in the control of As to the disappearing links, it might be due to me changing the title of the piece because I noticed a spelling mistake or something like that after I initially published the post, but that happens rarely, so it could really be anything. I’ll keep an eye on things, thanks for the heads-up.

    The only selection I’m not happy about is not a person per se, but a position itself. We don’t need a Ministry of Information and it is high time it is dissolved.

  • Mohammed Issa
    2 September 2007

    Al-Alawi = Minister of Health 😯 😕

  • exclamation mark
    2 September 2007

    It is just reshuffling, no changes expected !!

  • alcazar
    3 September 2007

    So we finally get rid of some personalities who have been described as hindrances to development and progress and some who have also been described as Muslim Brotherhood stooges and all are replaced by what look like new dynamic leadership.

    Mahmood, name the dynamic one(s). Take your time…..

  • sillybahrainigirl
    3 September 2007

    💡 Interesting in that ministers now know that they will not inherit the ministries they run .. and they are simply civil servants whose terms do end .. sometimes abruptly… but I am dismayed that it is the same faces over and over and over again.

    Also, let’s not forget that ministers are appointed following serious political considerations, which are at times mind-bloggling to say the least.

    Let me start with the Shaikhas.

    Shaikha Haya becoming Minister of Foreign Affairs .. I think that’s cool.. not just because she is a woman .. but because she proved her mettle at the UN. I met her and covered some of her action while I was in New York and had had a chance to speak to people at the UN about her and she had raving reviews. The only problem was with her ‘entourage’ .. and I think … from my experiences dealing with the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the selection of ‘highly skilled people’ they employ (ALL PUN INTENDED) that she’s in for a lot of fun. I won’t envy her if that really happens.

    I would have also loved to the Ministry of Information dismantled and see Shaikha May heading something like a Ministry of Culture;

    And I am personally happy for Shaikha Hind and hope that out of all the speculations this one in particular sees the light of day.

    No comment on Dr Nezar…as I haven’t seen him in action as I wasn’t in the country.. but given that he comes from an academic and business environment the Labour portfolio could be a baggage he can handle … or hold on.. didn’t he split from Al Wefaq just before his appointment as minister? emm..

    Kudos to Al Hamer… though I wouldn’t want to see Bahrain continuing with the tradition of having an Information Ministry.. but anything is better than Abdulghaffar, who has no information background whatsoever.. While in Bahrain in summer, I heard from a highly placed official in the knowing that Anwar Abdulrahman’s name was being considered for that position. If that redundant ministry is to continue, I would rather see someone from the industry heading it..

    And what has Nada done wrong? LOL!! I take that back… but that is one woman less in the Cabinet .. which isn’t a good sign. I don’t know what replacing her with someone from outside the medical profession means at that mentally-ill health sector.. but I am sure Al Alawi will not be too welcome..

    As for Al Ghatam.. well.. like his predecessor (if your speculations are right), he comes from a military background.. and despite his love for publicity, perhaps military discipline is what is necessary for such a sector which has been at the centre of corruption and financial irregularities for a long time.

  • Anon Counsel
    3 September 2007

    Would there be an issues with Sha. Haya being female in her role as the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs? Would this be an issue if the most important foreign country she will have to deal with is KSA?

  • Abu Arron
    3 September 2007

    Anybody that states this is similar to shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic is being grossly unfair and should wait to see the results. I would imagine that any new position holder will be left in no doubts as to effort/results required.

    Here’s hoping it all goes well for Bahrain.

  • sillybahrainigirl
    3 September 2007

    Would there be an issues with Sha. Haya being female in her role as the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs? Would this be an issue if the most important foreign country she will have to deal with is KSA?

    Being a woman didn’t stop our favourite most beautiful Condi from visiting Saudi?

    Now come on.. Saudi may be Saudi but women do travel to a fro for a lots of reasons – personal, religious, business, education, health and kid you not – even pleasure.

  • Big Ben
    3 September 2007

    From my perspective the self-proclaimed king must abdicate together with the appointed cabinet; it is time for Bahrain to have a government that is democratically elected, which represents its people. However, Bahrain has a problem; a huge part of its population will vote for the uneducated religious fanatics or the rabid nationalists, whom have an idealistic view of how a society should be run, which will take the country a few steps back. But if the Bahrainis just sit back and observe the situation then nothing will happen. The country will still have its old form of despotic rule, which will only preserves the interests of the ruling elite and its allies. Secondly, the people need to think for themselves and not to vote for the candidate/party, whom their scholars or family recommend them to vote for. The people have to start making their own decisions and not to rely on their families to tell them what to do. Change cannot be done overnight but the sooner people realise that they must do something about the current state they are living in the better.

  • The Joker
    3 September 2007

    A fish stinks from the head.

  • Chill out
    4 September 2007

    Finlandi, sounds more your describing no3ami than Alghatam.

  • Mufeeziya
    4 September 2007

    Merely rumors without a leg to stand on!!!

  • Ali
    4 September 2007

    The sad fact is that we have no control over who governs our lives.It would be nice to think that one day the Parliament would have the courage to have a vote of no confidence in any Minister who did not manage his mMinistry properly. That would then be the start of accountability.

  • Merlin
    4 September 2007

    Our democracy comes through nature and it brings with it the power of change….

  • Finlandi
    5 September 2007

    Chill out, i also met al no3aimi once, the difference was that atleast al no3aimi tried to fake interest, and pretend like what i had to say had some importance…

    now im not saying im some sort of genius that everybody should listen to, but i do think that i had some valide opinions which could have atleast gotten 5 minutes of the ministers precious time.. i was already in the office sitting with him, but no matter what i said all i got was evasive manouvering from the subject…

    somehow people just dont accept constructive critique even when it comes with good intentions….

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