Saudi Arabia Appoints New Energy Minister

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman

Saudi Arabia has appointed Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz as Minister of Energy, according to a royal decree, Saudi press agency (SPA) reported.

King Salman on Sunday issued a royal decree appointing Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman as energy minister. Prince Abdulaziz replaced Khalid Al-Falih, who was removed from the post in the same decree.

 Another decree named Prince Sultan bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz ambassador to Bahrain.

In a third decree, King Salman appointed Osama Al-Zamil as deputy minister of the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, replacing Abdulaziz Al-Abdulkarim, who was removed from his post by the same decree.

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Falih’s relief from his post comes just days after he was removed as chairman of state-owned oil giant Aramco as the company prepares for an initial public offering (IPO).

He was replaced in that post by Yasir al-Rumayyan, governor of the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

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