Saudi King Salman orders government reshuffle, FM Jubeir replaced

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud signs documents during the 2019 budget meeting in Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Musa'ad Al-Aiban has been appointed as National Security Adviser.

The revamp left untouched the authority of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler facing intense worldwide scrutiny over the October 2 murder of journalist Khashoggi, which tipped the kingdom into one of its worst crises.

"The primary bone of contention between Saudi Arabia and American lawmakers is the power of Prince Mohammed and his responsibility for the murder of Khashoggi", said Ryan Bohl, from the United States geopolitical think tank Stratfor.

Ibrahim al-Assaf, who is well known to worldwide investors, will become foreign minister.

Jubeir will be demoted to minister of state for foreign affairs, the foreign ministry said on Thursday citing a royal decree. After serving as finance minister, he was locked in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton previous year with hundreds of princes, businessmen and officials in what the government called an anti-corruption campaign.

The reshuffle also saw the removal of Turki al-Sheikh from his position as head of the General Authority for Sports and his appointment as head of the General Authority for Entertainment. After denying any knowledge of Khashoggi's death for weeks, Saudi authorities eventually settled on the explanation that he was killed in an operation masterminded by former advisers to Prince Mohammed.

In 1986, after leaving academia, Al-Assaf moved to Washington, where he represented Saudi Arabia as the Saudi executive director of the International Monetary Fund.

Turki Shabbaneh, a Saudi TV presenter, was named minister of media.

Al-Sheikh will now lead the General Entertainment Authority, a body created in recent years to help organize and promote concerts and other events that had always been banned in the conservative country.

The king's eldest son, Prince Sultan bin Salman, was removed as head of the tourism authority.

The murder has battered the reputation of the 33-year-old crown prince, who controls all major levers of power.

Prince Salman was the first Arab and Muslim to travel into space in 1985, helping to deploy a satellite for the Arab Satellite Communications Organisation with NASA. He will lead a new national space agency.

Badr Bin Sultan has been appointed Deputy Emir of Makkah and Eman Al-Mutairi as assistant minister of commerce. The force is tasked primarily with the protection of the Al Saud ruling family.

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