Saudi King orders cabinet reshuffle, Al-Jubeir succeeded by Al-Assaf

JEDDAH, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia on Thursday ordered a reshuffle covering the cabinet and other government departments, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The Royal Order stipulated that King Salman would chair the cabinet and Prince Mohammad bin Salman would serve as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

The Council of Political and Security Affairs will be reformed, under chairmanship of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Ibrahim Al-Assaf is succeeding Adel Al-Jubeir as Minister of Foreign Affairs and the latter will serve as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

According to the Royal Order, Prince Abdullah bin Bandar is named Minister of the National Guard, Turki Al-Shabanah as Minister of Information and Hamad Al Al-Sheikh Minister of Education.

Prince of Aseer Region, Faisal bin Khaled, has been dismissed and replaced by Turki bin Talal.

Others who have been relieved were Sultan bin Salman, chairperson of the tourism authority, however he was named as chief of the space agency. Al-Jof region Prince Badr bin Sultan was also laid off and succeeded by Faisal bin Nawaf, in addition to appointing Musaed Al-Aiban as National Security Advisor.

Turki Al Al-Sheikh will serve as head of the leisure authority, Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal as head of the sports department and General Khaled Al-Harbi as Public Security Director.

Badr bin Sultan is named Deputy Emir of Holy Makkah and Iman Al-Mutairi as Assistant Minister of Commerce.

Moreover, the king ordered formation of the public authority for exhibitions and conferences with Dr. Majid Al-Gasaby to serve as chairperson of the board.

Dr. Ahmad Al-Issa is named board chairperson of the authority for assessing education and training, doubling as a Royal Diwan Advisor with a ministerial degree.

Source: Kuwait News Agency