King Salman sweeps top military commanders, including chief of staff, replaces them

Saudi Arabia has sacked its top military chiefs , including the chief of staff. His is among the step of his move to overhaul Saudi’s institutions.

King Salman sweeps top military commanders, including chief of staff, replaces them

Saudi Arabia has sacked its top military chiefs , including the chief of staff. His is among the step of his move to overhaul Saudi’s institutions.

27 February 2018 Tuesday 07:01
King Salman sweeps top military commanders, including chief of staff,  replaces them

Saudi Arabia has sacked its top military chiefs , including the chief of staff. His is among the step of his move to overhaul Saudi’s institutions.

The decision , according to BBC was made as one of the series of implementing Saudi’s royal decrees. It was done at night.

Reports said apart from the Chief of Staff, the King has also fired the commanders of the ground forces and air defences and has replaced them

The news was published by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), but no reason for the sackings was given.

They come as the war in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting rebels, is nearing the end of its third year.

BBC reports that the driving force behind the firing of the commanders is said to be influence of his son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the defence minister, is believed to be behind various recent shake-ups in the country.

Last year dozens of prominent Saudi figures, including princes, ministers and billionaires, were locked up in Riyadh's five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel as the prince led a drive against corruption and abuse of power.

The Saudi intervention in the Yemen conflict was his initiative - one of the first indications of just how dramatically he was going to break away from the country's traditional caution.

It is reported that the service of the chief of staff, General Abdul Rahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan, is among those "terminated".

Saudi Press Agency said various military figures have already been promoted to replace those sacked.

A series of political appointments were announced at the same time, including the rare appointment of a female deputy minister of labour and social development, Tamadar bint Yousef al-Ramah.

Prince Turki bin Talal was appointed new deputy governor of the south-west Asir province. He is the brother of billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was detained in the anti-corruption drive and released two months later.

BBC

Updated: 27.02.2018 07:08
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