Saudi Arabia: Top Army Chiefs fired

In a major military shake-up, the top commanders of the forces have been fired by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. He also shuffled primary security and government ministries as per the royal decrees.

The Chief of Army Staff, Heads of Ground and Air defence forces have been dismissed. The whole structure of the government has been changed by the Crown Prince by imposing one-man rule as against the traditions where all decisions were taken after a consensus. First Lieutenant General Fayyad bin Hamed al-Ruwayli has been appointed as the new Chief of Army Staff while Tamadur bint Youssef al-Ramah has been appointed as the new labour minister which is seen as a rare important post to be held by a woman.

There has been no official reason stated for the overhaul but it is seen to be done to reinvent the image of Saudi Arabia as it has faced a lot of criticism due to its war in Yemen when the coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia had launched a big offensive in March 2015 in retaliation to the capture of Sanaa by Houthi rebels


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