More Reshuffle in Saudi Gov’t

More Reshuffle in Saudi Gov’tMore Reshuffle in Saudi Gov’t

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday named a new housing minister and replaced the head of the royal court in his latest government shuffle.

A decree named Minister of State Khalid bin Abdulrahman al-Issa to replace Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Suwailem as head of the royal court, a type of gatekeeper to the king. The decree gave no reason for that or the other changes, France24 reported.

Suwailem had held the post since late April when he took over from Salman’s son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of a major shakeup that saw the king’s son named deputy crown prince and second in line to the throne.

Mohammed bin Salman is also defense minister and holds other positions.

Concentrating power in his inner circle, the king at that time also named Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince.

A day later, Salman further streamlined administration by merging the royal court with the crown prince’s court, based on a suggestion by Mohammed bin Nayef, official media said at the time.

A separate royal decree on Monday named Majid bin Abdullah bin Hamad al-Hugail as housing minister. He replaces an official who temporarily held the portfolio after the previous minister’s dismissal in April.

The kingdom is building hundreds of thousands of homes for its citizens to address a severe shortage.

Another royal decree named Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah bin Musaid bin Jalwi al-Saud as governor of the Northern Frontier Province that borders Iraq to replace the previous governor who died this month.