Saudi Arabia’s King Salman announces new royal decrees

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has issued new royal decrees on Saturday night, announcing several domestic policies and a cabinet reshuffle.

Among the domestic policies announced in the new royal decrees were the payment of two months’ salary to those troops fighting in the frontlines in Yemen and the scheduling of all levels' students’ exams ‎to be held before the start of Ramadan.

Cabinet reshuffles and appointments were also announced in the set of new decrees issued on Saturday night. Prince Khalid bin Salman has been appointed Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States while Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman was named the kingdom’s new minister of state for energy affairs.

Adel Al-Toraifi was relieved from his position as Saudi information and culture minister with former ambassador to Germany Dr. Awwad al-Awwad announced to replace him.

Prince Abdullah bin Musaed has also been removed from his position at Saudi Arabia’s Sports Authority as Mohammed Abdelmalek al-Shaikh replaces him.

Meanwhile, Saudi Minister of State for Civil Service Khaled Al Araj was removed from his post and set to be investigated. Essam bin Saeed replaces him.

On the military front, Prince Fahd bin Turki was appointed as commander of Saudi Arabia’s ground forces while Arab Coalition spokesman and Saudi Defense Ministry Adviser Gen. Maj. Ahmad Asiri was appointed as deputy head of Saudi Intelligence.

Several new governors were also appointed on Saturday Prince Abdulaziz bin Saad to be in charge of Hail province and Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan charged to lead the Northern Border region of Saudi Arabia.

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