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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Saudi king shakes up cabinet with wave of decrees

The decrees appointed new ministers of labour and culture

Saudi Arabia's  King Salman has shaken up his cabinet.
Saudi Arabia's  King Salman has shaken up his cabinet.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has named Ahmed bin Suleiman Al Rajhi as new minister of labour and social development and appointed a minister to a newly created culture ministry, shaking up his government in a flurry of royal decrees published on Saturday.

Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud was named culture minister, while Mr Al Rajhi replaces Ali bin Nasser Al Ghafis.

The cabinet shakeup was wide-ranging as Sheikh Abdul Latif Al Shaikh was appointed the new the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdullah Al Mitani promoted to vice-president of the Shoura council, and Dr Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Daoud was made deputy Minister of Interior.

The decrees, published early on Saturday, also established a number of new commissions, one for Mecca and the Holy Cities as well as a Council for the Royal Protected Areas in the Royal Court.

The Council for Royal Protected Areas will be chaired by Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

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