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Saudi prince named new energy minister

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Dubai - New minister is first royal as energy chief.



By Reuters

Published: Sun 8 Sep 2019, 6:48 AM

Last updated: Sun 8 Sep 2019, 11:42 AM

Saudi Arabia has named Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, a son of the king, as energy minister, replacing Khalid al-Falih, state news agency SPA reported on Sunday, citing a royal decree.
The appointment represents the first time a member of the ruling Al Saud family has held the energy minister post.
 
Prince Abdulaziz is a longstanding member of the No. 1 crude exporter's delegation to the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) with decades of experience in the oil sector.
In 2017, he was named Minister of State for Energy Affairs, and has worked closely with previous oil minister Ali al-Naimi as his deputy for years.
Saudi Arabia has had five oil ministers since 1960, and none of them has been a royal.
 


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