Saturday 21 September 2019

Saudi king orders cabinet reshuffle following killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi: The Saudi journalist was dismembered after being killed. Photo: AP
Jamal Khashoggi: The Saudi journalist was dismembered after being killed. Photo: AP
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued an overhaul of top government posts in the wake of international fallout from the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi nearly three months ago.

Adel al-Jubeir, who has been Saudi foreign minister since 2015, has been replaced by Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former finance minister.

Mr al-Jubeir was appointed to the post of minister of state for foreign affairs.

Mr al-Assaf had been serving as minister of state, and has held a seat on the boards of oil giant Saudi Aramaco as well as the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund.

The changes, which affect several key ministries, come as the king and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are looking to announce a major reshuffle following Mr Khashoggi's killing by Saudi agents in Istanbul.

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