A picture taken February 27, 2018 in Riyadh shows the front pages of the daily Saudi newspapers displaying the latest appointments and changes in the Saudi military. / AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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Saudi Arabia has replaced some of its top military officers in a series of personnel changes that elevate a younger generation, bring a woman into a senior government job and tighten Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's grip on power.The latest personnel changes were decreed by King Salman and published in state media.The decrees also included the appointment of three deputy governors from among the descendants of Princes Ahmed, Talal and Muqrin -- brothers of King Salman, some of whom may have felt sidelined by changes since his accession to the throne in 2015 .The overhaul was a nod to a younger generation, analysts said, in what has become a hallmark of the crown prince's approach to ruling youthful Saudi Arabia, where patriarchal traditions have long made power the preserve of the old.If he succeeds his father, Prince Mohammad would become the first grandson of the kingdom's founder Ibn Saud to be king after decades of rule by six of his sons.
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