Saudi king sacks deputy defence minister – royal court – Independent.ie

Moves in the ruling family are closely watched at home and abroad for clues to who will rule the world’s top oil exporter, a country that also has a huge influence over Muslims through its guardianship of Islam’s holiest sites.Prince Khaled was moved to the post of deputy defence minister in May when King Abdullah removed him from his position as governor of Riyadh Province and appointed his son, Prince Turki, in his place.The move was seen as strengthening the grip of his branch of the ruling dynasty as it approaches a difficult decision over how to transfer power to the next generation.King Abdullah, who is over 90, has made a series of changes and appointments over the past two years that have consolidated the position of his allies in the family.

via Saudi king sacks deputy defence minister – royal court – Independent.ie.

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