Saudi Arabia government reshuffle sees oil minister removed

Saturday 07th May 2016

King Salman has removed the country’s veteran oil minister as part of a major government reshuffle.

Ali al-Naimi has been replaced after more than 20 years in the role by the former Saudi health minister Khaled al-Falih.
The reshuffle follows the major economic reforms revealed in April, which guarantee an end to the country’s dependence on oil.

The government shake-up, announced by the custodian of the two holy mosques, sees a number of ministries merged and others, such as the ministry of electricity and water, scrapped altogether.

Prince Mohammed Bin Salman will now direct the country’s economic policy, and Mr al-Naimi’s removal is an indication that he wants tighter control over the commodity


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