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Second Saudi health minister removed from post

Less than 3mths into the job, Ahmed bin Aqeel Al Khatib has been removed from the ministerial role, reportedly after a video of him acting aggressively towards a citizen

Second Saudi health minister removed from post
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Saudi Arabia’s king has replaced its second health minister in less than a year.

King Salman on Saturday relieved Ahmed bin Aqeel Al Khatib of his post, according to state news agency SPA.

Local media reported the minister was let go following reports of a leaked video showing Al Khatib in a heated argument with a citizen, in which he was shouting and being aggressive.

The citizen had gone to see Al Khatib to discuss the state of a private hospital in Riyadh, Arab News said.

The 27-second video has been the subject of much talk among Saudis, Al Arabiya reported.

Al Khatib was appointed to the ministry on January 29, taking over from Adel Fakieh, who had been serving as acting health minister since April, 2014, when the late King Abdullah removed Abdullah Al Rabeeah from the position as the kingdom grappled with a worrying surge of new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

This time, Minister of State Mohammed bin Abdulmalik Al Sheikh has been appointed as acting minister of health, SPA said.