Oman's sultan names new oil minister in cabinet reshuffle
Updated 21:41, 16-Jun-2022

Oman's ruling sultan on Thursday named Salem Al Aufi as the Gulf Arab state's new oil minister in a cabinet reshuffle announced on state television.

In a decree, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said said Aufi would replace Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhi, who had been oil minister for over two decades.

Oman is not in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), but is a member of the OPEC+ alliance of OPEC and non-OPEC nations. It is the largest non-OPEC oil producer in the Middle East.

Aufi, whose appointment was the most notable change in the cabinet reshuffle, was previously undersecretary at the energy and minerals ministry.

The sultan on Thursday also issued a decree establishing a higher justice council.

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(With input from Reuters)

(Cover: File photo of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said of Oman. /CFP)

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