Bahrain’s reappointed Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa has formed his new cabinet following parliamentary elections held at the end of November.

The elections were the first of their kind since the anti-government protests, mainly by the country’s Shia population, took place in 2011.

The new cabinet features few changes, although Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa issued a decree on 3 December annulling the position of minister without portfolio.

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Khalifa, minister of foreign affairs, retained his position. He concluded a defence agreement with the UK on 5 December that will see the improvement of onshore facilities at the Mina Salman port, where the UK maintains four warships.

Shia opposition groups called for a boycott of the elections, claiming they would serve to strengthen the power of the Sunni Al-Khalifa ruling family.

However, turn-out was more than 51 per cent, according to the electoral commission.

Shia Muslims account for the majority of the Bahraini population and many say they are marginalised by the Sunni-led government.

Protests broke out in 2011, with demonstrators calling for more rights, including an independent judiciary and reforms to the security forces.

Bahrain’s new cabinet

  • Mohammad bin Ibrahim al-Mutawa – minister for follow-up affairs
  • Lieutenant general Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla al-Khalifa – minister of interior
  • Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammad al-Khalifa – minister of foreign affairs
  • Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammad al-Khalifa – minister of finance
  • Dr Majid bin Ali al-Nuaimi – minister of education
  • Dr Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza – minister of energy
  • Sheikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdulla al-Khalifa – minister of justice, Islamic affairs and endowment
  • Issam bin Abdulla Khalaf – minister of works, municipalities and urban planning
  • Jameel bin Mohammad Ali Humaidan – minister of labour
  • Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammad – minister of transportation and telecommunications
  • Basim bin Yacoub al-Hamer – minister of housing
  • Ghanim bin Fadhel al-Buainain – minister for Shura Council and House of Representatives affairs
  • Sadiq bin Abdulkarim al-Shehabi – minister of health
  • Major-general Yusuf bin Ahmed bin Hussain al-Jalahma – minister for defence affairs
  • Faeqa bint Saeed al-Saleh – minister of social development
  • Zayed bin Rashid al-Zayani – minister of industry and commerce
  • Isa bin Abdulrahman al-Hammadi – minister of information affairs