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Saudi king appoints new foreign minister in gov't reshuffle

Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former finance minister, will replace Adel al-Jubeir as foreign minister

Saudi king appoints new foreign minister in gov't reshuffle
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir has been replaced in a government reshuffle. (THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images)

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

The shake up comes as the kingdom grapples with international pressure over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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

Jubeir was appointed 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.

Turki al-Sheikh, a close aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was removed as the head of the kingdom's sports commission and named entertainment authority chief.

After the reshuffle, Prince Mohammed is set to maintain his political and security posts, including that of defence minster.

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