Saudi King Orders Cabinet Shakeup After Khashoggi’s Killing

Saudi King Salman has appointed former finance minister Ibrahim al-Assaf as foreign minister in a major cabinet reshuffle that included changes to key national security posts, state media reported on Thursday.

He also ordered a shakeup of the kingdom's two supreme councils that oversee matters related to the economy and security, respectively.

The changes impact several key ministries They come as the king and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir apparent and the man the US CIA believes ordered the hit on Khashoggi, are looking to limit the ongoing fallout from his murder.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh on October 23, 2018.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was demoted to minister of state for foreign affairs, and replaced by a veteran former finance minister, Ibrahim Al-Assaf, according to a royal decree. The crown prince oversees both entities.

Al-Jubeir was appointed to the rank of minister of state for foreign affairs.

Turki al-Shabana, an executive at broadcaster Rotana, was appointed minister of information.

The king issued a number of other royal decrees, which were read on state TV, that replaced the ministers of media and education.

The kingdom has said Khashoggi was killed inside its Istanbul consulate in a "rogue operation" led by Saudi agents, but the Central Intelligence Agency reportedly concluded that Prince Mohammed ordered his assassination.

Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consul general in Istanbul, which is administered by the foreign ministry.

The order also calls for Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz to replace Prince Miteb bin Abdullah as chief of the National Guard, and named General Kalid bin Qirar Al Harbi as general security chief.

One significant change affects a close aide of Prince Mohammed, Turki al-Sheikh, who was named as head of the kingdom's general entertainment authority, a body created in recent years to help organise and promote concerts and other events that had always been banned in the conservative country.

Khashoggi was an outspoken critic of the ruling House of Saud.

Saudi Arabia last week slammed as "interference" a US Senate resolution that held Prince Mohammed responsible for the killing, warning that the move could have repercussions on its strategic ties with Washington.

Russian Federation has built increasingly close ties to Saudi Arabia since King Salman appointed Prince Mohammed as his heir, turning the 33-year-old into the oil-rich kingdom's de facto ruler.

Saudi Arabia denies the crown prince knew of the plot.


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