Amidst the crisis surrounding the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabian king Salman reshuffled his cabinet on Thursday, leaving the crown prince at his post. The Foreign Ministry quoted the order to inform Ibrahim al-Assaf to replace Adel al-Jubeir as an external minister. At the head of his ministry was former Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman retained his post as Minister of Defense, and the Ministers of Finance, Energy and Home Affairs remained in office.
Since the assassination of Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia has been experiencing one of its worst political crises in years. Khashoggi disappeared on October 2, after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Only after weeks of international pressure did the leadership in Riyadh concede that the journalist was killed.
Ex-Foreign Minister al-Jubeir had also taken several positions on the affair. Among other factors, he protested against the Crown Prince. So far, however, there are no signs that he might lose influence in the royal family.
Among other appointments, Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal has replaced Turki al-Sheikh, a close ally of the crown prince, as president of the country’s sports authority.
Turki al-Sheikh has been moved to a new portfolio heading up the entertainment authority.
Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz was appointed as minister of the National Guard, Turki Shabbaneh as media minister, while Hamad al-Sheikh was appointed education minister.
Badr bin Sultan has been replaced by Faisal bin Nawaf as governor of Jouf region.
Khalid bin Qarar al-Harbi has been appointed the Director of Public Security.