Saudi Arabia’s King Salman overhaul security agencies

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a series of royal decrees, marking a new shake-up of top officials.

He set up a security agency, bringing together counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence under the authority of a single body.

The king also replaced the head of the royal guard, and made several appointments to the team of his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In June, the 31-year-old prince became the first in line to the Saudi throne.

He replaced the king’s nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, who pledged allegiance to the younger cousin.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) replaced prince Mohammed bin Nayef (right) as crown prince last month

The latest changes were announced in Thursday’s decrees, published by the state-run SPA news agency.

It said the decisions were made in order to maintain “the highest readiness levels to keep up with the latest developments”.

 

BBC

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