Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been named as Saudi Arabia’s prime minister, according to a royal decree.
Saudi king names crown prince PM
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has named his son and heir Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the kingdom’s prime minister and his second son Prince Khalid as defence minister, a royal decree says.
The reshuffle kept another son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, as energy minister, the royal decree, carried by state news agency SPA, said.
Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan and Investment Minister Khalid al-Falih remained unchanged, the decree showed.
The crown prince, known as MbS, had been the defence minister and has been the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter and a major US ally in the Middle East.