Saudi Arabia cabinet reshuffle: King replaces crown prince

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Riyadh, April 29: In a cabinet reshuffle, Saudi Arabia King Salman has relieved Crown Prince Muqrin from his post on his request, media reported.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is the second most important position in Saudi Arabia, second to the king, and is his designated successor.

Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, second deputy premier and interior minister, has been appointed in his place, Saudi Gazette reported on Wednesday.

King Salman has issued a number of royal decrees announcing new appointments in the leadership and a Cabinet reshuffle.
Prince Muhammad has also been appointed deputy premier and is keeping his portfolio as interior minister and chairman of the Political and Security Affairs Council.

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Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, the defense minister, has been appointed deputy crown prince and second deputy premier in addition to his current portfolio at the head of the Defense Ministry and chairman of the Economic and Development Affairs Council.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the long serving foreign minister, has been relieved from his position on medical ground.
He has been replaced by Adil Al-Jubair, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington.

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