Middle East

Qatari emir shakes up Cabinet amid low oil prices

Qatar's ruler has shaken up his Cabinet, shuffling some ministers around while consolidating some of their jobs as low global oil and gas prices squeeze the region.

The Gulf country's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, made the announcement in a decree published Wednesday by the state-run Qatar News Agency.

The most noticeable change is the replacement of Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, who will now serve as a minister of state for defense affairs.

Al-Attiyah's replacement is 35-year-old Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdurrahman Al Thani, a member of the royal family.

Sheikh Tamim, also 35, came to power after his father stepped down from the throne in 2013.

With global oil prices at around $30 per barrel, Qatar has cut gasoline subsidies.