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Saudi king sacks Deputy Defense Minister Khaled bin Bandar

US Secretary of State John Kerry listens as King Abdullah speaks before meeting at the King's private residence Friday, June 27, 2014 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.(AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Saturday sacked the deputy defense minister, Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdul-Aziz, just a month and a half after appointing him.

A royal decree cited by the official SPA news agency said the decision was taken at the request of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, who also holds the defense portfolio.

The reasons for the move were not immediately known, and no successor was announced for Prince Khaled, who was named to the post on May 14.

Prior to the defense post, he was the governor of the Riyadh region since February 2013.

He is the son of Prince Bandar, one of the eldest surviving sons of King Abdul-Aziz, the founder of the Saudi kingdom.

This is the fourth time in 18 months the deputy defense minister has been changed.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 30, 2014, on page 10.

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