King Salman names new Saudi govt officials

A new housing minister, head of the royal court and governor of the northern region have been named

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Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Monday named a new housing minister and replaced the head of the royal court, in decrees reported by the Saudi Press Agency.

Minister of State Khalid bin Abdulrahman al-Issa was to replace Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Suwailem as head of the royal court, the royal decree stated.

Suwailem had held the post since late April when he took over from Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is now defense minister and deputy crown prince.

A separate decree named Majid bin Abdullah bin Hamad al-Hugail as housing minister, replacing an official who held the portfolio temporarily after the previous minister's dismissal in April.

Another royal decree named Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah as governor of the northern region to replace the previous governor who died this month.

(With AFP)

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