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Saudi king sacks deputy defence minister: Royal court

Published on Jun 29, 2014 1:55 AM
 

DUBAI (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sacked the deputy defence minister on Saturday less than two months after he was appointed, the state news agency reported.

The royal decree said the decision to relieve Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdul-Aziz of his post came upon the recommendation of Crown Prince Salman, the defence minister. No reason was given for the order.

Saudi Arabia has been on alert following turmoil in Iraq where Sunni Islamist militants have seized control of major cities from the Shi'ite Muslim-led government of Nouri al-Maliki.

Moves in the ruling family are closely watched at home and abroad for clues to who will rule the world's top oil exporter, a country that also has a huge influence over Muslims through its guardianship of Islam's holiest sites.

 
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