Saudi King Salman has replaced top military commanders including the chief of staff, in a major shake-up of the kingdom’s Defence establishment.

The king replaced the heads of the ground forces and air Defences, as well as civilian officials including several deputy ministers.

King Salman also decreed a series of civilian appointments that saw younger officials being elevated to key positions as deputy ministers, deputy provincial governors and royal court advisors.

Tamadar bint Yousef al-Ramah was appointed the Deputy Minister of labour and social development, a rare senior government post for a woman in the kingdom. Prince Turki bin Talal, was appointed deputy governor of the Southern Assir province.

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