Saudi king orders major government reshuffle

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(Riyadh) – King Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered a major government reshuffle, replacing the ministers of foreign affairs and information, a royal decree said.

Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former finance minister, will replace Adel al-Jubeir as foreign minister, the decree said.

Jubeir was demoted to minister of state for foreign affairs, it added.

Turki al-Shabanah was appointed as the new minister of information, replacing Awwad al-Awwad — who was named as an advisor to the royal court.