Riyadh appoints new head of royal court in latest reshuffle

13 July 2015

King Salman also appoints new housing minister and governor for northern region

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has appointed a new housing minister and replaced the head of the royal court in the latest of the leader’s government reshuffles.

Saudi Press Agency reported that Minister of State Khalid bin Abdulrahman al-Issa will replace Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Suwailem as head of the royal court.

Al-Suwailem was appointed head of the royal court in April when he replaced Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the current defence minister and deputy crown price.

In a separate royal decree, Majid bin Abdullah bin Hamad al-Hugail was named housing minister, replacing a temporary official who had held the post since the April reshuffle.

Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah was named as governor of the northern region, replacing the former governor who died earlier in July.

King Salman oversaw a significant cabinet reshuffle in April after his appointment as the kingdom’s head of state. King Salman came into power in January after the death of his half-brother King Abdullah.

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