The decrees included adopting a new strategy to restructure the Defense Ministry for improved organization and governance, but provided few details. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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Saudi Arabia has replaced some of its top military officers in a shake-up that elevates a younger generation, brings a woman into a senior government job and tightens Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's grip on power.The latest personnel changes were decreed by King Salman and published in state media.Prince Mohammad has said it is "unacceptable" that high military spending has not translated into better performance.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.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 .
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