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Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar steps down

The Saudi intelligence chief led Riyadh's efforts to bring down Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan seen at his palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on June 4, 2008. Hassan Ammar / AP Photo
Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan seen at his palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on June 4, 2008. Hassan Ammar / AP Photo

RIYADH // Saudi Arabia has replaced its veteran intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan “at his own request”, an official television station in the kingdom announced on Tuesday.

In a royal decree, the powerful official was replaced “at his own request” by his deputy, Yousef Al Idrissi, said Al Ekhbariya, a government-run satellite channel.

Prince Bandar was abroad for several months for health reasons, with diplomats saying he had been sidelined in Saudi efforts to support rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s regime.

* Agence France-Presse