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04 October 2023

New Saudi king appoints son defence minister

By Reuters

Saudi King Salman on Friday appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as defence minister and head of the royal court, state television said.

The king decided to keep other ministers, including in the foreign, oil and finance portfolios, in their positions, television reported citing a royal decree.

Khaled al-Tuwaijri, head of the royal court under the late King Abdullah who died earlier on Friday, was relieved of his post, state television said.