Fallout of Jamal Khashoggi murder as Saudi’s King Salman orders government cabinet reshuffle
Saudi Arabia announces it is creating govt bodies to boost oversight of its intelligence operations, in the wake of Khashoggi’s murder
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered a sweeping government reshuffle Thursday – in the wake of international outcry after kingdom is ‘caught’ for Khashoggi murder
National Guard chief, foreign minster, information minister and the head of the tourism authority, all sacrificed in house cleaning
Exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey Oct 23, 2018
Saudi Arabia has been pressured by the international community to come clean over the disappearance of Washington post columnist
Khashoggi allegedly was ‘chopped up in the consulate’ by a 15-member Saudi assassination squad
After claims that Khashoggi came and departed, to date Saudi Arabia has failed to release any proof the exiled journalist left Istanbul consulate alive
Identities of an alleged 15-member Saudi assassination squad was later exposed in Turkish media
It is said to include a special forces officer and members of the royal guard
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman [photo], ordered a sweeping government reshuffle Thursday, influenced by the fallout of the Khashoggi murder, pundits said
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered a sweeping government reshuffle Thursday, replacing key security and political figures including the foreign minister, as the kingdom grapples with the international fallout over critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has since been facing mounting international pressure to come clean over the disappearance of exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi, last seen alive October 23, 2018 last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, never again to be seen.
The surprise shake up saw the appointment of a new National Guard chief and the replacement of the information minister and the head of the tourism authority, but the ministries of energy and finance were left untouched despite an economic downturn.
The reshuffle insiders said could help bolster the authority of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [photo], heir to the throne
The crown prince has faced intense global outrage over the October 2 murder of journalist Khashoggi, which tipped the kingdom into one of its worst crises.
Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former finance minister who was detained last year in an anti-corruption sweep, will replace Adel al-Jubeir as foreign minister, a royal decree said.
Jubeir was effectively demoted to minister of state for foreign affairs, the decree added without offering any explanation.
In other significant appointments, Prince Abdullah bin Bandar was named chief of the powerful National Guard, and Musaed al-Aiban was appointed the national security adviser.
Back in grace: Ibrahim al-Assaf, [photo], former finance minister, once detained by the Crown Prince, is set to replace Adel al-Jubeir as the foreign minister
In other changes, Turki al-Shabanah was appointed as the new information minister, replacing Awwad al-Awwad, who was named as an advisor to the royal court.
Turki al-Sheikh, a close aide to the crown prince, was removed as the head of the kingdom’s sports commission and named entertainment authority chief.
Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz replaces Prince Miteb bin Abdullah as chief of the National Guard
General Kalid bin Qirar al-Harbi was named general security chief
Musaed al-Aiban was appointed national security adviser
“You cannot delink Khashoggi from any developments, though government reshuffles are customary every four years,” said Mohammed Alyahya, a senior fellow at the Gulf Research Centre.
“The reshuffle saw the appointment of some young princes, but also veteran statesmen to positions of power. There is an effort to balance the fast pace of reform with bolstering government procedures and institutions,” he said.