New Saudi King Announces Major Government Shake-Up

King Salman.

King Salman.

King Salman.

Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman further cemented his hold on power, with a sweeping shake up that saw two sons of the late Abdullah fired, and the heads of intelligence and other key agencies replaced alongside a cabinet shuffle. Top officials from the Ports Authority, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the conservative Islamic kingdom’s religious police were among those let go. The new appointments came a week after Salman acceded to the throne following the death of King Abdullah, aged 90. Salman also reached out directly to his subjects. One of his more than 30 decrees ordered “two months basic salary to all Saudi government civil and military employees,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. Students and pensioners got similar bonuses. “Dear people: You deserve more and whatever I do will not be able to give you what you deserve,” the king said later on his official Twitter account. He asked his citizens to “not forget me in your prayers.” SPA said Salman “issued a royal order, relieving Prince Khalid bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, Chief of General Intelligence, of his post. General Khalid bin Abdullah al-Humaidan became the new intelligence chief, holding cabinet rank.

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