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King Salman appoints Crown Prince as Prime Minister

JEDDAH: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has appointed His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as Prime Minister of the Kingdom.

The King also issued a Royal Decree restructuring the Council of Ministers which the new Prime Minister will head. His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman was appointed Defense Minister (previously held by the Prime Minister) and most of the members kept their positions such as Dr Tawfeeq Rabiah as Minister of Hajj and Umrah.

The Appointment of the Prime Minister was done after an exception to the Article 56 of the Basic Law of Governance was issued by the King in a royal decree. Article 56 stipulated that the King holds the position of Prime Minister and heads the presides over the Council of Ministers.

The King will continue to preside over the Council of Ministers when he is in attendance. Since the country’s unification in 1932, the King held the office of Prime Minister.

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