• Saudi king shuffles government again


    RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday named a new housing minister and replaced the head of the royal court in his latest government shuffle. A decree named Minister of State Khalid bin Abdulrahman al-Issa to replace Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Suwailem as head of the royal court, a type of gatekeeper to the king. The decree gave no reason for that or the other changes. Suwailem had held the post since late April when he took over from Salman’s powerful son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of a major shake-up which saw the king’s son named Deputy Crown Prince and second in line to the throne. Mohammed bin Salman is also defense minister and holds other positions.



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