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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Saudi king creates new agency to handle counter-terrorism

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has created a new security agency independent of the interior ministry in a decree published on July 20, 2017. Saudi Press Agency via AP
Saudi Arabia's King Salman has created a new security agency independent of the interior ministry in a decree published on July 20, 2017. Saudi Press Agency via AP

Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Thursday ordered the creation of a new, cabinet-level security apparatus to handle a range of matters including counter-terrorism that were previously under the interior ministry.

In a series of royal decrees published by the state news agency, the king appointed Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Howairini to head the new body.

The decrees also saw the appointment of Mohammed El Kuwaiz as head of the Saudi Arabian Capital Markets Authority.

King Salman on Thursday also issued a royal order promoting 86 judges and appointing 50 judges at the ministry of justice at various ranks, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

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