Tue | Nov 12, 2019

Saudi king orders Cabinet shakeup after Khashoggi’s killing

Published:Thursday | December 27, 2018 | 10:15 AM
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a wide-ranging overhaul of top government posts on Thursday, including naming a new foreign minister, following international fallout from the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi nearly three months ago.

He also ordered a shakeup of the kingdom’s two supreme councils that oversee matters related to the economy and security, respectively.

Both councils are headed by the king’s son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose powers, including roles as deputy prime minister and defense minister, were untouched in the overhaul.

The changes appear to further consolidate the crown prince’s grip on power by appointing advisers and members of the royal family seen as close to him.

Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents in Istanbul.

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