A new government today, following the elections. This is the first new government since 2013, though there was a major cabinet shuffle in January of 2014. The ministry of communications is no more: this ministry (as the ministry of mail, telegraph and telephone) dates back to 1962. Al-Qabas reports that it may be broken up, or may be under the purview of the minister of state for public services (who is also the minister of state for housing). The ministry of planning is also missing, though the previous minister of planning is now the minister of state for the economy, which is a new post. The ministers of interior and defense swapped posts, presumably to protect the former minister of interior from interpellation over the issues such as the withdrawal of citizenship.