Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said replaced the country’s long-serving Oil Minister Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhi on Thursday with Salem al-Aufi who was appointed to the post in a cabinet reshuffle announced on state television. Rumhi had been oil minister for over two decades. Oman is not in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries but is a member of the OPEC+ alliance of OPEC and non-OPEC nations.
Aufi, whose appointment was the most notable change in the cabinet reshuffle, was previously undersecretary at the energy and minerals ministry. Sultan Haitham on Thursday also issued a decree establishing a higher justice council.