Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Saudi Crown Prince: Anti-corruption campaign was 'shock therapy' to kingdom

Saudi Crown Prince: Anti-corruption campaign was 'shock therapy' to kingdom

Tamadur bint Youssef Al Ramah's appointment as deputy Labour minister was seen as a breakthrough for women in the kingdom, while the military chief of staff, air defence and land forces leaders and senior defence and interior ministry officials were removed.

For three years, Saudi Arabia has led a coalition of nations in a military campaign in Yemen against the armed Houthi movement, which has ties to Iran, Saudi Arabia's chief rival.

"You need to have chemo, the shock of chemo, or the cancer will eat the body", Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the Washington Post in an interview published late last night.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia is shaking up the leadership of the kingdom's military and internal security services, elevating younger officials at a time of increased military engagement overseas and sharp economic and social change at home.

In a separate report, SPA also said that Khalid bin Hussein bin Saleh Biary was appointed as the assistant minister of defense for executive affairs.

Saudi officials showed their interest in investing in Pakistan in many sectors including petrochemicals, dairy, livestock, mining and others. It includes a new strategy to improve the organisation and governance of the ministry, the national news agency said, without providing further detail. It was agreed that Saudi Arabia will send a technical team to Pakistan to review the sector specific opportunities and projects.

The war has claimed lives of thousands of people and led to a humanitarian catastrophe. However, it is unknown whether the restructuring in the Defense Ministry was provoked by the Yemeni conflict.

Crown Prince Mohammed serves as the Saudi defense minister and is considered an architect of the Yemen war. Additional Secretary BOI Saleem Ranjha and Pakistan's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham Bin Saddique along with technical team were also part of the Pakistani side.

Speaking on Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Prince Mohammed said he had been unfairly criticized for pressuring Hariri to resign in November.

The conservative country has most recently opened military applications to women for the first time, taking yet another major step toward women's rights.

From June, women will be allowed to drive and have been recruited to work in ground services in airports.

The overhaul was a nod to a younger generation, analysts said, in what has become a hallmark of the crown prince's approach to ruling youthful Saudi Arabia, where patriarchal traditions have long made power the preserve of the old.

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