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Qatar brings energy boss into cabinet in surprise reshuffle

AFP  |  Doha 

Qatar, one of the world's biggest suppliers, surprisingly announced Sunday it had drafted the of the country's state-run company into the cabinet.

Saad al-Kaabi, the and chief executive officer of Petroleum, was made a of state for affairs in the first comprehensive reshuffle since the start of a Gulf diplomatic crisis which has seen isolated by neighbouring former allies.

For the past 17 months, a group of countries including Saudi Arabia, and have frozen all diplomatic and political ties with Doha, accusing of seeking better relations with and supporting radical extremism.

It was not immediately clear what the new role meant for long-serving of and industry, Mohammed Salah al-Sada, also the current of OPEC.

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Kaabi has been a high-profile figure during the regional political stand-off and recently announced Qatar would boost

His appointment was among a slew of significant switches announced by ruler Sheikh in an unexpected reshuffle of top government positions.

The announced that the country's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, will also become of the (QIA), the country's sovereign wealth fund.

In another significant change in personnel, Yousuf bin was appointed labour minster, replacing bin Saad

The outgoing had overseen a programme of reform including the introduction of a minimum wage and the partial abolition of the exit visa system.

However, Qatar faces continued scrutiny over its treatment of a large migrant labour workforce in the run-up to hosting

In total, there were five ministerial changes, as well as changes to the boards of Qatar Petroleum's and the QIA.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 21:40 IST