Saudi King Appoints First Ever Woman As Deputy Labour Minister


As part of the latest shakeup of traditional power centers in the oil-rich kingdom, Saudi Arabia appoint first ever woman deputy minister for labour when several top military commanders including the chief of staff and the heads of ground and air forces were replaced due to their dismal failures in Yemen campaign.

It was announced in a series of late-night royal decrees approved by King Salman on February 26th. Several civilian officials, including deputy ministers, were also replaced. The Yemen intervention is part of a more assertive regional policy pursued by King Salman since he ascended to the throne three years ago.

The king and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have also sought to tighten their grip at home -- consolidating powers...

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