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Saudi king reshuffles military leaders, appoints female deputy minister

Saudi king reshuffles military leaders, appoints female deputy minister

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has appointed Tamader bin Youssef Al-Rammah as deputy minister of labor and social development.

Those changes included a new chief of staff, Gen. Fayyad al-Ruwaili, new leaders for the air defense and land forces, and a royal endorsement of a road map for developing the Defense Ministry.

Under Saudi Arabia's guardianship system, women who apply to join the army must also have a place of residence in the same provinces as the job's location with their male guardians, usually husband, father, brother or son.

No official explanation was given for the replacements, which come as the kingdom's bloody conflict with the Iran-backed Al-Houthi rebels nears the end of its third year.

Saudi analyst Ahmed al-Towayan, speaking on Saudi state television, said the new appointments were "pumping young blood" into local government while elevating young commanders into top military posts. The campaign was headed by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and was widely seen as a bid to consolidate power for the rising millennial monarch.

"To create change in Saudi Arabia.is incredibly hard", she said.

"The visit will also provide an opportunity to enhance our co-operation in tackling worldwide challenges such as terrorism, extremism, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and other regional issues such as Iraq and Syria".

Prince Sultan bin Ahmad has been appointed an adviser at the Royal Court, as has Prince Faisal bin Turki, who also has the rank of minister.

More than 9,200 people have been killed in the conflict and another almost 2,200 Yemenis have died of cholera since the 2015 intervention, according to the World Health Organization.

Russian Federation yesterday vetoed a United Nations draft resolution presented by Britain and strongly backed by the USA that would have pressured Iran over its failure to block supplies of missiles to the Huthi rebels.

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