Saudi king names new crown prince amid major cabinet

Saudi king names new crown prince amid major cabinet
2015-04-29
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Donia Al-Watan
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz named a new crown prince, a deputy crown prince and foreign minister early Wednesday in a major cabinet reshuffle.

King Salman has accepted a request by his Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz to be relieved of his duties, naming Deputy Crown Prince Mohamed bin Nayef as the new heir to the Saudi throne.

"We have decided to respond to his highness and what he had expressed about his desire to be relieved from the position of crown prince," said a statement from the royal court, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The monarch also promoted his son Prince Mohamed, the current minister of defense, as new Deputy Crown Prince.

He also accepted a request by long-serving Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal to be relieved of his duties, naming Saudi Ambassador to Washington Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir as new foreign minister.

King Salman has also named new ministers for health and economy.

He also promoted Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem, the current chief-of-staff of the crown prince's office, to be chief of the Royal Court.

Salman assumed the Saudi throne following the death of his brother King Abdullah on January 23 of this year.
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