UAE brings in new blood in sweeping cabinet reshuffle
ABU DHABI - The UAE has replaced its energy minister, created a ministry of development and international cooperation, and merged foreign trade and economy into one ministry, in a cabinet reshuffle announced on Tuesday.
Energy Minister Mohammed al-Hamili has been replaced by Suhail al-Mazrouie, a prominent businessman, according to state news agency WAM and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum on his Twitter account.
Three other new ministers have been appointed to "prepare for a new phase of economic development and for expanding cooperation with the rest of the world," said Sheikh Mohammad.
"The reshuffle brought in new young faces to renew ideas and follow up with changes and deal with important national matters that form a priority for all sons of the United Arab Emirates."
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan has approved the new formation, said WAM.
The last cabinet reshuffle in the oil-rich Gulf federation dates back to May 11, 2009.