Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
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Saudi Arabia King Reshuffles Top Military Posts, Inducts A Woman Deputy Minister

Saudi Arabia King Reshuffles Top Military Posts, Inducts A Woman Deputy Minister

Saudi Arabia King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud has ordered the retirement of the kingdom's Armed Forces Chief of Staff and Air Defence Forces Commander.

In a statement to CNBC, the Saudi government said the sackings were "part of a normal rotation in line with the new Ministry of Defence development plan".

A Saudi-led coalition launched a military offensive in March 2015 after Houthi rebels took over the capital, Sanaa, and large swathes of the impoverished country a year earlier.

The conflict has turned into a bloody stalemate in which the kingdom faces criticism for its airstrikes killing civilians.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the throne after his father King Salman, is the Saudi defense minister and architect of the Yemen war.

A map shows areas of control in Yemen as of February 19, 2018. The generals' successors will be under pressure to win the Yemen war and overhaul the kingdom's poorly performing military.

A member of the Saudi forces stands to a...

Other political appointments were also announced, including the rare appointment of a female deputy minister of labour and social development, Tamadar bint Yousef al-Ramah.

And, in December, NPR's Jackie Northam reported that Saudi Banks were feeling the pinch from round ups of dozens of businessmen, ministers and princes as part of an anti-corruption drive. In addition, Lieutenant General Fahed Bin Turki was appointed head of Saudi Arabian joint forces, after being retired as leader of land units, reports Efe.

The crack down is widely viewed as a mark of Prince Mohammed's consolidation of power.

Women married to non-Saudis are precluded from applying as is anyone with a criminal record or who was previously employed in any government or military-related institution. To create change in a larger bureaucratic structure like a military is hard. "This is much more of a long-term endeavor".

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