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Saudi king orders cabinet shakeup

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

RIYADH –  Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a wide-ranging overhaul of top government posts on Thursday, including naming a new foreign minister.

Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign minister who took over the post in 2015 from the late Prince Saud al-Faisal , was replaced by Ibrahim al-Assaf, formerly a longtime finance minister. Al-Jubeir was appointed to the rank of minister of state for foreign affairs.

King Salman also ordered a shakeup of the kingdom’s two supreme councils that oversee matters related to the economy and security, respectively.

The king issued a number of other royal decrees, which were read on state TV, that replaced the ministers of media and education.

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