The Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq al Said, appointed Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi as the new Foreign Minister on Tuesday as part of a government restructuring.
Al Busaidi replaces Youssef bin Alawi, who, according to information on Omani state television, had been responsible for the ministry for 20 years.
The cabinet reform includes changes in the foreign and finance ministries, which were previously under the oversight of the Sultan and are now officially independent from the leader of Oman.
In a number of decrees, the sultan also established the ministries of labor and the economy. His son Dhiyazin bin Haitham al Said was appointed Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth as a result of the merger of these three portfolios.
The Ministries of Justice and Law will also be united. The Sultan took power in January after the death of his cousin and regent Qaboos bin Said al Said at the age of 79.