Saudi king sacks deputy defence minister

Saudi king sacks deputy defence minister

June 28, 2014

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz sacked the deputy defence minister on Saturday less than two months after he was appointed, the state news agency reported.

The royal decree said the decision to relieve Prince Khalid Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz of his post came upon the recommendation of Crown Prince Salman, the defence minister.

No reason was given for the order.

Prince Khalid was moved to the post of deputy defence minister in May when King Abdullah removed him from his position as governor of Riyadh and appointed his son, Prince Turki, in his place.

The move was seen as strengthening the grip of his branch of the ruling dynasty as it approaches a difficult decision over how to transfer power to the next generation.


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