Mohammed Bin Salman: The  New Saudi PM

Mohammed Bin Salman

Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia

Tuesday saw the appointment of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman as the prime minister of Saudi Arabia. 

Khalid Bin Salman, the previous deputy defence minister, was appointed as the new defence minister by King Salman, who also ordered a reorganisation of the cabinet. 

According to a royal decree, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman will continue to serve as energy minister in the new cabinet that will be led by the crown prince. 

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, the minister of foreign affairs, Mohammed al Jadaanand, the minister of finance, and Khalid al Falih, the minister of investments, all retained their seats in the new cabinet. 

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Since 2017, Prince Mohammed, who celebrated his 37th birthday this month, has been in line to succeed his father as king. 

The 86-year-old monarch of Saudi Arabia, who has reigned the biggest oil exporter in the world since 2015, has been the subject of health rumours for years. 

Quick Consolidation of Power

2015 saw Prince Mohammed appointed defence minister, which was a crucial step in the quick consolidation of power. 

In that capacity, he has been in charge of Saudi Arabia’s military operations in Yemen, where Riyadh leads a coalition supporting the internationally recognised government in its conflict with the Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran. 

Additionally, he has emerged as the public face of the Vision 2030 reform movement.

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