A file picture taken on April 26, 2011 shows Saudi Khalid al-Falih, chief executive oil giant Saudi Aramco, speaking at a meeting organized by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Seoul. AFP PHOTO/YONHAP
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Saudi King Salman appointed Saudi Aramco's chief executive as chairman of the state oil firm and health minister Wednesday, in a reshuffle that is unlikely to change oil policy in the world's top crude exporter.A question mark remains, however, over who will replace Khalid al-Falih in the key CEO role at the national oil giant and whether his appointment as health minister means he is now out of the running to ultimately become oil minister.The post of Aramco chairman had been held by Naimi, himself a former chief executive of the company, who remains in the ministerial position he has occupied for 20 years.Earlier this year, King Salman promoted his son Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, long a member of Saudi Arabia's OPEC delegation, to the role of deputy oil minister from assistant oil minister, a post he had held for many years.
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