Middle East

Riyadh replaces deputy defense minister

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (R) chats with Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Salman bin Sultan (2R) before boarding his flight at King Abdulaziz International Airport on May 14, 2014 in Jeddah. (AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN)

RIYADH: Saudi deputy Defense Minister Salman bin Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz has been relieved of his post, the Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday.

Saudi King Abdullah issued a decree pursuant to which Abdul-Aziz will be relieved of his post “upon his own request,” SPA said, replacing him with Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdul-Aziz, current governor of Riyadh.

The royal decree carried by the agency did not say what position Prince Salman would now take.

King Abdullah’s son Prince Turki will become the new emir of the Riyadh region. King Abdullah also recently appointed another son, Prince Mishaal, as emir of Mecca.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 15, 2014, on page 9.




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