Saudi king orders major government reshuffle

Ahram Online , AFP , Thursday 27 Dec 2018

King Salman
Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Photo: AFP)

King Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered a major government reshuffle Thursday, replacing the ministers of foreign affairs and information, a royal decree said.

Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former finance minister, will replace Adel al-Jubeir as foreign minister, the decree said.

Jubeir was demoted to minister of state for foreign affairs, it added.

Turki al-Shabanah was appointed as the new minister of information, replacing Awwad al-Awwad -- who was named as an advisor to the royal court.

Turki al-Sheikh, a close aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was removed as the head of the kingdom's sports commission and named entertainment authority chief.

After the reshuffle, Prince Mohammed is set to maintain his political and security posts, including that of defence minister.

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