Saudi King Elevates Young Royals in Government Shake-Up

Salman chairing a cabinet meeting

Salman chairing a cabinet meeting

The changes appear to further consolidate the crown prince's grip on power by appointing to key posts advisers and members of the royal family seen as close to him.

Gen. Khalid bin Qirar Al Harbi has been appointed as the head of general security.

The killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has made the kingdom a focus of global outrage.

"The primary bone of contention between Saudi Arabia and American lawmakers is the power of Prince Mohammed and his responsibility for the murder of Khashoggi", said Ryan Bohl, from the United States geopolitical think tank Stratfor.

Jubeir will be demoted to minister of state for foreign affairs, it added. Al-Jubeir was appointed to minister of state for foreign affairs at the Foreign Ministry.

Adel al-Jubeir, the soft-spoken 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.

"Because the Saudi consul general in Istanbul was very much involved in the killing of Khashoggi and that would fall under al-Jubeir".

Al-Assaf had been serving as a minister of state a year ago when he was reportedly detained at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh along with dozens of high-ranking officials and princes in an anti-corruption sweep led by the crown prince.

New Foreign Minister Ibrahim al Assaf is a former long-serving finance minister and a board member of Saudi oil giant Aramco
New Foreign Minister Ibrahim al Assaf is a former long-serving finance minister and a board member of Saudi oil giant Aramco

The CIA reportedly concluded that Prince Mohammed ordered Khashoggi's assassination.

Turki Shabbaneh, who has held positions in privately owned Saudi TV channels, was named minister of media.

Saudi Arabia denies the crown prince knew of the plot.

Turki al-Sheikh has been moved to a new portfolio heading up the entertainment authority.

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 13, 2017, shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman (L) arriving for the opening of the shura council ordinary session in Riyadh.

King Salman didn't give any specific details about how Prince Salman would steer the new space agency.

Prince Salman was the first Arab and Muslim to travel into space in 1985, helping to deploy a satellite for the Arab Satellite Communications Organisation with NASA. Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz was named as the minister for the national guard.

Khashoggi was an outspoken critic of the ruling House of Saud.

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