Issue 986 - 05 Feb 2015
Less than a week after the death of his half-brother
Abdullah (GSN 985, special issue), Saudi Arabia’s new king,
Salman Bin Abdelaziz Al-Saud, announced generous
handouts to citizens and made sweeping changes to the
apparatus and personnel of government, demoting several of the
late king’s sons and promoting his own. In a series of decrees
issued on 29 January, King Salman detailed extensive
appointments and institutional changes which must have been
long in the planning; while many of the changes were not
surprising, the rapidity of their execution was, catching many
in Riyadh off guard.
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