Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saudi Arabia sacks army chief

Saudi King Abdullah has announced the retirement of the chief of the General Staff of the Saudi Arabian Army Field Marshal Saleh al-Muhaya (pictured above).

Source: Press TV

Saudi Arabia has appointed new officials to several key posts after dismissing their predecessors.

Saudi King Abdullah issued a decree on Friday, announcing the retirement of the chief of staff of the Saudi armed forces, Field Marshal Saleh al-Muhaya, AFP reported.

The decree, published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, also assigned Muhaya's deputy, Gen. Hussein bin Abdullah al-Qubail, as his successor, and promoted Gen. Khaled bin Bander bin Abdelaziz Al Saud to head the Saudi army.

The order also dismissed the president of the administrative court, Sheikh Ibrahim al-Haqil, and the deputy minister of higher education, Ali al-Attiya.

A cabinet reshuffle has been expected for several weeks in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has not been immune from the wave of anti-government protests that have swept across North Africa and the Middle East.

There have been a number of demonstrations in the country recently in defiance of a ban on any public gatherings.

Human rights activists say thousands of people are held in Saudi jails without charge or access to lawyers.

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