Saudi Arabia: Prince Salman Appointed Defense Minister


Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz has been appointed defense minister, state TV announced on Saturday citing a royal decree.

Salman’s appointment follows the death last month of Crown Prince Sultan, who had held the position for about 50 years.

The decree also split the defense ministry from the aviation ministry and appointed as deputy defense minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan, who served as assistant defense minister to his father, Crown Prince Sultan.

Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz was named Riyadh governor after long serving as deputy governor under Prince Salman.

The post of Riyadh governor is seen as one of the most important in the country and was previously held by both Crown Prince Sultan and Crown Prince Naif, as well as by Prince Salman.

Arab News

Arab News is Saudi Arabia's first English-language newspaper. It was founded in 1975 by Hisham and Mohammed Ali Hafiz. Today, it is one of 29 publications produced by Saudi Research & Publishing Company (SRPC), a subsidiary of Saudi Research & Marketing Group (SRMG).

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