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Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman named defense minister

Mohammad bin Salman was also named head of the Royal Court

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Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman has appointed his son Mohammad bin Salman as defense minister and head of the Royal Court, state television said on Friday.

The king decided to keep other ministers, including in the foreign, oil and finance portfolios, in their positions, the television reported citing a royal decree.

Khaled al-Tuwaijri, head of the royal court under the late King Abdullah who passed earlier on Friday, was relieved of his post, state television added.